Cowboy Take Me Away

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"Cowboy Take Me Away"
Single by Dixie Chicks
from the album Fly
Released November 8, 1999
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 4:45 (album version)
Label Monument
Writer(s) Martie Seidel
Marcus Hummon
Producer(s) Blake Chancey
Paul Worley
Dixie Chicks singles chronology
"Ready to Run"
(1999)
"Cowboy Take Me Away"
(1999)
"Goodbye Earl"
(2000)
Fly track listing
"If I Fall You're Going Down with Me"
(2)
"Cowboy Take Me Away"
(3)
"Cold Day in July"
(4)

"Cowboy Take Me Away" is a song written by Martie Seidel and Marcus Hummon, and recorded by American country music group Dixie Chicks. It was released in November 1999 as the second single from their album Fly. The song's title is derived from a famous slogan used in commercials for Calgon bath and beauty products. It reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart in February 2000.

Content[edit]

Driven by co-writer Martie Seidel's violin, Emily Robison's banjo, and Natalie Maines' evocative vocals, "Cowboy Take Me Away" quickly became one of the trio's signature songs. The lyric deals with a mixture of yearning for greater tranquility:

I wanna walk and not run, I wanna skip and not fall
I wanna look at the horizon, and not see a building standing tall

with plaintive desire for emotional, romantic connection, and simple joyous acceptance against a minor chord turning into major:

Oh it sounds good to me, yeah it sounds so good to me
Cowboy, take me away ...

Starting with a quiet opening, the record ramps up to a mid-tempo country-pop groove and features violin breaks from Seidel as well as an exuberant outro. Maines was praised for a "sincere" vocal that escaped the clichés of "Nashville music-factory tearjerkers".[1] "Cowboy Take Me Away" has become a staple of the Chicks' concert set lists, appearing from the Fly Tour onwards.

Music video[edit]

The first scene of the music video for "Cowboy Take Me Away" shows a car stopping on a busy street, with Robison's high hot pink cowboy boot splashing through a puddle, and Maines waiting in a crowded elevator until reaching the top floor of an empty industrial-looking loft, joining the other two Chicks. The three begin singing the song and playing their instruments up there at the building-top in the center of a large city, resembling New York City. Gradually, the scene around them begins to slowly melt (via various CGI backdrops) of forest floors and snow-covered mountains and the like appear, while the trio dance and sing. The city does not ever disappear entirely, but the point is made.

The filming captured them at the height of their early days, when all three women had hair either naturally or dyed blonde. Maines' hair was cropped so short she looked like the country Cyndi Lauper and Martie Seidel with cross-colored braids and locks. Looking back, Robison commented, "You have three girls, so automatically you get the roll-the-eyes, you know; it's the band that's been put together," Robison says. "And at the time we were all blonde. And, you know, it was just so - it was so packageable. You know, it was just so easy for people to say, 'Oh, this is something manufactured.'"[2]

Chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dixie Chicks: Fly
  2. ^ Rather, Dan (September 6, 2002). "Dixie Chicks Not Whistling Dixie". 60 Minutes II (CBS News). pp. 1–3. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  3. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. January 17, 2000. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  4. ^ "Dixie Chicks Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Dixie Chicks.
  5. ^ "Dixie Chicks Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Dixie Chicks.
  6. ^ "Best of 2000: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2000. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Retrieved 2010-09-05. 

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Preceded by
"Breathe"
by Faith Hill
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number one single

February 5-February 19, 2000
Succeeded by
"My Best Friend"
by Tim McGraw
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

January 17-January 24, 2000
Succeeded by
"Smile"
by Lonestar