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The Cowboy.

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Candie Garrett SPEECH 101 Commemorative Speech 03/2004 THE COWBOY "Why does he ride for the money? Why does he rope for short pay? He isn't getting anywhere, and he's losing his share. He sure must be crazy out there." This is an excerpt from a Garth Brooks song called "Rider's Lament." It is a statement that questions the life of a cowboy. The cowboy has a job that is beneath most people's standards. He herds cattle. He brands them, protects them from rustlers, and drives them to their shipping points, but he is so much more than that. He is a loner, hardly ever refined and not the best family man. His chosen occupation is more of a way of life than a job. He may appear haggard to the eye, but he appears wholesome to the heart. ...read more.


He gets paid every time he rides over a hill and sees snowcapped mountains stretching as high as heaven. He fills the pockets of his mind with breathtaking and untouched scenery that we've only seen in paintings and pictures. His most perplexing question of the day is "How could God create all of this beauty in just six days?" Only the cowboy comes close to knowing the revelry and rest that God enjoyed on that seventh day. Short pay...no sir. The cowboy is a tycoon who doesn't travel with the herd. He isn't getting anywhere, and he's losing his share. I beg to differ. The cowboy has gotten to places in his life that would take our breath away. ...read more.


Our share of the good life at best is one day having our own back yard big enough for the family to play, and it will be under appreciated it because we'll be constantly working just to get it paid for. The cowboy is a successful gentleman who is as intelligent as he is happy. His lifestyle is one of cleverness, courage, and contentment. He is a force that won't be denied, and he leads the stampede on today's irreverence for what is good and right. I sometimes close my eyes and picture a man lying underneath the stars and asking to himself out loud, "Why do they ride for their money? Why do they rope for short pay? They ain't a gettin' nowhere, and they're losin' their share. Man, they all must be crazy out there." 2 ...read more.

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