Cowgirls Don't Cry

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"Cowgirls Don't Cry"
Single by Brooks & Dunn featuring Reba McEntire
from the album Cowboy Town
Released October 20, 2008
Format CD single, music download
Genre Country
Length 3:33
Label Arista Nashville 88697-43591
Writer(s) Ronnie Dunn
Terry McBride
Producer(s) Kix Brooks
Tony Brown
Ronnie Dunn
Brooks & Dunn singles chronology
"Put a Girl in It"
(2008)
"Cowgirls Don't Cry"
(2008)
"Indian Summer"
(2009)
Reba McEntire singles chronology
"Every Other Weekend"
(2007)
"Cowgirls Don't Cry"
(2008)
"Strange"
(2009)

"Cowgirls Don't Cry" is the fourth and final single recorded by American country music duo Brooks & Dunn on their final studio album Cowboy Town. It was written by Ronnie Dunn, one-half of the duo, and Terry McBride, former lead singer of McBride & the Ride. One month after its chart entry, it was re-recorded and re-released as a collaboration with Reba McEntire. The song is Brooks & Dunn's 41st and final Top Ten hit on the Billboard country charts, and McEntire's fifty-sixth.

Content[edit]

"Cowgirls Don't Cry" is a mid-tempo with a fiddle intro. Its lyric focuses on a female character who faces hardship. In the first verse, she is a little girl who has just been given a pony to ride, and although she repeatedly falls off, she does not cry. By the second verse, she is an adult, and her husband is having an affair, although again she does not cry. She discovers in the third verse that her father is dying, and places a phone call to him. He then tells her, "Cowgirl, don't cry".

Re-release[edit]

An alternate version of this song that features Reba McEntire's vocals on the final chorus was released to radio after she and the duo performed the song on the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday, November 12, 2008.[1] In addition, a video was released that featured both the duo and McEntire.[1] Starting with the chart week of November 29, 2008, the song was credited on the U.S. country charts as "Brooks & Dunn featuring Reba McEntire". The Reba McEntire collaboration was officially released as a digital single on February 10, 2009.[2] The duet version features a key change in the final chorus, which is not present in the original recording. This re-release is the version that appears on the compilation album #1s… and Then Some.

Chart performance[edit]

On the chart week of January 31, 2009, the song entered Top Ten on the Billboard country singles charts, giving Brooks & Dunn their forty-first and final Top Ten hit and breaking a record previously held by Alabama for the most Top Ten country hits by a duo or group.[3] In addition, it became McEntire's fifty-sixth Top Ten country hit, breaking Dolly Parton's record for the most Top Ten country hits for a solo female.[4]

Chart (2008–2009) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 44
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 49

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brooks & Dunn release Cowgirls single with Reba
  2. ^ Keel, Beverly (2009-01-26). "Brooks & Dunn single sets record". The Tennesseean. Retrieved 2009-02-17. [dead link]
  3. ^ Holland, Margy. "Brooks & Dunn Make Chart History". CJFW. Retrieved 2009-01-23. [dead link]
  4. ^ Bronson, Fred (2009-01-22). "Billboard Chart Beat". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  5. ^ "Brooks & Dunn Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Brooks & Dunn.
  6. ^ "Brooks & Dunn Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Brooks & Dunn.
  7. ^ "Brooks & Dunn Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Brooks & Dunn.
  8. ^ "Best of 2009: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009. 

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