Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?
|"Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?"|
|Single by Paula Cole|
|from the album This Fire|
|B-side||"Hush, Hush, Hush" (duet with Peter Gabriel|
|Released||March 25, 1997|
|Length||4:26 (Album Version)
3:47 (Album Edit/Radio Version)
|Paula Cole singles chronology|
"Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" is a song by Paula Cole. It is featured in her album This Fire. The song is Cole's only U.S. Top Ten hit on Billboard's Hot 100, reaching number 8. It is also Cole's only UK Top-40 hit to date, reaching number 15 on 22 June 1997. The song was also a critical success, nominated for three Grammys, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
The song received Grammy nominations for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (losing to Sarah McLachlan's "Building a Mystery"), Record of the Year, and Song of the Year (the latter two losing to "Sunny Came Home" by Shawn Colvin).
The video was directed by Caitlin Felton. It is simple, primarily featuring Cole in the foreground singing or posing for the camera, while her band plays in the background. These shots are augmented by various shadowy or obscure images of people walking, sitting at a table, sitting in a car and riding a horse. There are several points where the video looks grainy, adding to the effect of the song.
|UK Singles Chart||15|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||8|
|U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40||4|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play||10|
|United States Billboard Modern Rock Tracks||32|
|United States Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||27|
|US Billboard Hot 100||38|
In 2006, Paul Shanklin recorded a version for The Rush Limbaugh Show called "Where Have All the Conservatives Gone?", blaming the Democratic Party's gains in the United States 2006 midterm elections on a lack of conservatism on the part of elected Republicans.
In 2008, on the eve of the NBA Finals, sports songwriter Ryan Parker did a parody entitled "Where Have All The White Boys Gone?", referring to how the Boston Celtics, who were playing in that year's finals, had a significantly larger number of African-American players when compared to their successful 1980s squads.
- "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". Retrieved 2010-08-28.