The Beaches of Cheyenne

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"The Beaches of Cheyenne"
Single by Garth Brooks
from the album Fresh Horses
B-side "Ireland"
Released December 11, 1995
Format CD single, 7" single
Genre Country
Length 4:13
Label Capitol Nashville 19022
Writer(s) Dan Roberts
Bryan Kennedy
Garth Brooks
Producer(s) Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks singles chronology
"The Fever"
(1995)
"The Beaches of Cheyenne"
(1995)
"The Change"
(1996)

"The Beaches of Cheyenne" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Garth Brooks. It was released in December 1995 as the third of six singles from album Fresh Horses. The song became Brooks's 15th Billboard Number One hit in March 1996. Which was written by Brooks, Bryan Kennedy and Dan Roberts.

Background and writing[edit]

On the 1995 TV Special, "The Garth Brooks Story," Garth explains that the song's meaning didn't end up the way he planned:

"[It Was] Supposed to be real funny. Kind of like cowboys on the beach, kind of, swingin' kind of thing. Then it went to a guy on the beach that would come home from a suit and tie job. He never had any cowboy talents, but he always wanted to be one. So he just comes home slips off his shoes and goes out and walks on the beach and dreams of Wyoming and stuff. Then out of just a fluke, one time passing through, it came with ... every night she walks the beaches of Cheyenne. We looked at each other and said, "This ain't gonna be funny boys."[1]

Content[edit]

"The Beaches of Cheyenne" is a mid-tempo set in the key of G major. Brooks's vocals range from C4 (middle C) to E5.[2]

The lyrics describe a woman who "just went crazy" after her husband decides to participate in a rodeo against her wishes and is killed in the bull riding event. The grieving woman, as a result, ran out into the ocean. Although her body was never found, the narrator explains that "if you go down by the water / You'll see her footprints in the sand / 'Cause every night she walks the beaches of Cheyenne."

Track listing[edit]

European EP Single

  1. "The Beaches of Cheyenne"
  2. "Standing Outside The Fire"
  3. "If Tomorrow Never Comes"

U.S. DJ Promo CD Single Capitol D-Pro-10332, 1996

  1. "The Beaches of Cheyenne" - 4:11

U.S. 7" Jukebox Single Capitol Nashville 19022, 1996

  1. "The Beaches of Cheyenne" - 4:13
  2. "Ireland"

Reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic considered "The Beaches of Cheyenne" one of the stronger tracks on the album, saying that Brooks "let his guard down" because, unlike the rest of the album, he was not "trying too hard."[3] Entertainment Weekly critic Alanna Nash called it a "confusing ghost story."[4]

Chart history[edit]

The song debuted on the Billboard country charts on the week of December 9, 1995, along with four album cuts from Fresh Horses: "The Old Stuff", "Rollin'", "It's Midnight Cinderella" and "That Ol' Wind",[5] of which the latter two were later released as singles. On the chart week of March 16, 1996, it became Brooks's fifteenth Billboard Number One hit, holding the position for one week.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1995-1996) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[8] 65
US Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 38

References[edit]

  1. ^ Transcription from "The Garth Brooks Story" (1995)
  2. ^ Contemporary Country (1 ed.). Hal Leonard Corporation. 1999. pp. 9–15. ISBN 0-634-01594-X. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Fresh Horses review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  4. ^ Nash, Alanna (December 8, 1995). "Fresh Horses review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  5. ^ Stambler, Irwin; Lyndon Stambler, Grelun Landon (2000). Country Music: The Encyclopedia. Macmillan. p. 51. ISBN 0-312-26487-9. 
  6. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 11, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  7. ^ "Garth Brooks Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Garth Brooks.
  8. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1996". RPM. December 16, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Best of 1996: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 

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Preceded by
"I'll Try"
by Alan Jackson
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

March 16, 1996
Succeeded by
"You Can Feel Bad"
by Patty Loveless
Preceded by
"Tell Me Something I Don't Know"
by Charlie Major
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

March 11, 1996
Succeeded by
"Candle"
by Jason McCoy