Faster Horses (The Cowboy and the Poet)

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"Faster Horses (The Cowboy and the Poet)"
Single by Tom T. Hall
from the album Faster Horses
B-side "No New Friends Please"
Released December 1975
Genre Country
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Tom T. Hall
Producer(s) Jerry Kennedy
Tom T. Hall singles chronology
"I Like Beer"
"Faster Horses (The Cowboy and the Poet)"
"Negatory Romance"

"Faster Horses (the Cowboy and the Poet)" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Tom T. Hall. It was released in December 1975 as the second single from the album, Faster Horses. The song was Hall's final number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, spending one week at the top and a total of 13 weeks within the chart's top 40.[1]

The song is about a young, aspiring poet who turns to a rugged cowboy for advice and inspiration. The cowboy spits tobacco on the ground and affirms his philosophy on life: "It's faster horses/younger women/older whiskey/and more money." The poet tries to dispute the man's values and said he was looking for simple inspiration, to which the cowboy strongly reaffirms his stance on life. Disillusioned, the poet tries to start a fight, but eventually realizes the cowboy may have a point and leaves poetry behind.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1975–1976) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 149. 
Preceded by
"The Roots of My Raising"
by Merle Haggard
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

March 20, 1976
Succeeded by
"'Til the Rivers All Run Dry"
by Don Williams