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All Around Cowboy

All Around Cowboy

The Deer Hunter back in the day

Today’s guest post was written by Paul.


A few weeks back, a lady was nice enough to comment on “Wreck of Old Number Nine” that my singing reminded her of Marty Robbins. I don’t quite hear that myself, but I take it as a great compliment because Marty is one of the most talented singers of all time.

That got me to thinking as to whether or not we ever did any Marty Robbins songs. There’s “Little Green Valley, ” which we uploaded to the channel years ago and and then there’s “All Around Cowboy” that I found on an old VHS tape.

The camera angle and quality aren’t all that good, but of course we weren’t thinking other people would ever be viewing the tape.

All Around Cowboy is an award or trophy that is sometimes given at rodeos for the cowboy who performs the best overall in various roping and riding competitions. The song tells the story of a stud of a cowboy who met his match in the form of a cowgirl whose affection he couldn’t win.

Pap and I typically sang more mountain style songs, or Appalachian music, but on this song, Pap sang his part so well you would have thought that he was a Glaser Brother :-).

I saw Marty sing this song on Austin City Limits one night on PBS, and that’s where we learned it. I botched the middle part of the guitar break because I forgot that we were in D flat, rather than D.

In later years we recorded this song on a CD called “Lamp Lighting Time.” You can go here to see the cd’s song list as well as purchase a copy if you’re interested.


Well, All Around Cowboy, I’ve won it six years in a row. All Around Cowboy means champ of the big rodeo. Made me some money, had me some good times. Falls that I’ve had have been few, Till a Rodeo Queen made the All Around Cowboy Look like an all around fool.

I was the cowboy who said he would never be broke. I even bragged how I’d never be branded or roped. I was doing right well till this blonde little fille rode into my life like a dream, Then the All Around Cowboy fell head over hills in love with the Rodeo Queen.

The moment I looked in her blue eyes, I knew I was gone. I tried to hide it, but the feelings I had were too strong. She showed the world what an all around cowboy can do. She showed the world how an all round cowboy can look like an all around fool.

She made me feel like a bronc without any fire. Too late I realized breaking me was her desire. She rode me and raked me with spurs that left such a hurt, Then she left me broken and she left me crying out there in the rodeo dirt.

The moment I looked in her blue eyes, I knew I was gone. I tried to hide them, but the feelings I had were too strong. She showed the world what an all around cowboy can do. She showed the world how an all round cowboy can look like an all around fool. All around fool.


I hope you enjoyed Paul’s post and the video. Marty Robbins was for sure one of the greats, but in my opinion Paul and Pap ain’t far behind him.


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    Kenneth Ryan
    January 14, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Wow! That was a great job, Paul. Pap’s harmony was wonderful.

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    January 14, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    I always think of “El Paso” when I think of Marty Robbins – may be the only one where I actually know all the words! And now I’ll be hearing that catchy song in my mind for a couple of days at least 🙂

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    January 14, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Song is super — and so is the Fire Department benefit ad!!!!!

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    January 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    I was fumbling thru You Tube and found Chitter and Paul singing “O, Come Angle Band” in honor of Rhoda Zimmerman. She was a mother at 52 from Pennsylvania. How nice to recognize that Family in their hour of Need. …Ken

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    January 14, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Marty Robbins was always one of my Favorites, especially all those Western Songs. I met his boy at the Cleveland Dirt Race one night. He was driving in the Late Model Class, and our car was just under it. I told Ronnie how sorry I was that his Dad had passed, and we hit it off pretty good. I noticed he had Overhauls on and he talked just like his Dad. That was rewarding!

    Pap and Paul did a nice job on the song. …Ken

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    b. Ruth
    January 14, 2018 at 11:45 am

    I loved this song so much…it kind of brought tears to my eyes…I love Paul and Pap’s rendition of All Around Cowboy…The little blip in the middle just makes it more real to me…I told you long ago that I could hear Marty Robbins in Paul’s voice and the music in his heart…I sure did enjoy this song this cold morning…warmed my heart up real good and Pap’s voice near the end of the tune…well, what can you say it just is wonderful…
    Thanks Tipper and Paul
    PS…Hope it warms up or those two little Snow princesses will freeze…such a cute picture of the two of them…

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    Ed Ammons
    January 14, 2018 at 10:42 am

    What’s that the Deer Hunter has in his hand? He isn’t drinking and riding is he? He better be careful, that other Matt, uh, uh, uh, yeah, Dillon, yeah, Matt Dillon, ‘ll come and take his license and take him in to Dodge!

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    Rick Shepherd
    January 14, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Loved your song, All Around Cowboy, Paul!…..I heard Marty Robbins in there…..Shared your video at Carolina Crafting, Angels of Mercy & I’ll Be Young with the Wilson Family Band to Facebook because it showed your family and you better….Mary and I will be retiring to Blairsville, GA in 2019 and hope to hear you in person!….Thank You, Tipper, for your posts from Blind Pig and The Acorn, I enjoy every one!…..Rick

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    David Templeton
    January 14, 2018 at 9:54 am

    God bless you for your charity works. May the lines be long today.

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    January 14, 2018 at 9:53 am

    I’m a Marty Robbins fan from way back. Enjoyed this I’m cowboy song. Thank you!

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    January 14, 2018 at 8:56 am

    That is some great harmony! Your dedicated readers will find you no matter.

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    George Pettie
    January 14, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Paul does indeed evoke Marty Robbins. Both sing with their hearts as much as their voices.

    Pap excels in this song. In the heavenly glow of light surrounding him, it’s as though he is singing to us from his celestial home.

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    January 14, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Nicely done, Marty Robbins music was always one of my favorites, in the Country/Western realm.

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