“Rhinestone Cowboy” by Glen Campbell

Song of the Day

August 30, 2017

Written by Larry Weiss
Produced by Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter
Recorded at Sound Labs in Hollywood, CA, Spring 1975
Released on the album Rhinestone Cowboy in July 1975

After the passing of the legendary Glen Campbell earlier this month, his 1975 hit “Rhinestone Cowboy” reached the Top 20 of the Country Digital Song charts, four decades after its initial release by Campbell. The song was actually written and recorded by Larry Weiss a year earlier but to little success save for Campbell hearing the song on the radio, identifying with its protagonist, and deciding to learn it for himself,

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After Campbell released it on an album of the same name, “Rhinestone Cowboy” became a major crossover hit, topping both the pop and country charts for multiple weeks. The song also won multiple Grammy awards and was Campbell’s most prolific selling of his long career.

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Song Lyrics

I’ve been walkin’ these streets so long, singin’ the same old song
I know every crack in these dirty sidewalks of Broadway where hustle’s the name of the game
And nice guys get washed away like the snow and the rain
There’s been a load of compromisin’ on the road to my horizon
But I’m gonna be where the lights are shinin’ on me

Like a rhinestone cowboy, riding out on a horse in a star-spangled rodeo
Like a rhinestone cowboy, getting cards and letters from people I don’t even know
And offers comin’ over the phone

Well, I really don’t mind the rain qnd a smile can hide all the pain
But you’re down when you’re ridin’ the train that’s takin’ the long way
And I dream of the things I’ll do with a subway token and a dollar tucked inside my shoe
There’ll be a load of compromisin’ on the road to my horizon
But I’m gonna be where the lights are shinin’ on me

Like a rhinestone cowboy, riding out on a horse in a star-spangled rodeo
Like a rhinestone cowboy, getting cards and letters from people I don’t even know
And offers comin’ over the phone

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