Rodeo (Garth Brooks song)

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Single by Garth Brooks
from the album Ropin' the Wind
B-side "New Way To Fly"
Released August 12, 1991
Format 7" 45 RPM
Recorded 1991
Genre Country
Length 3:53
Label Liberty 44771
Songwriter(s) Larry Bastian
Producer(s) Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks singles chronology
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"Rodeo" is a song written by Larry Bastian, and recorded by American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released in August 1991 as the first single from his album Ropin' the Wind. It peaked at number three on the U.S. country chart but reached number-one on the Canadian country chart.

Background and writing[edit]

Brooks provided the following background information on the song in the liner notes from The Hits:

"If one looks down the list of music's greatest writers of all time, I couldn't imagine the list being complete without the name of Larry Bastian. The song 'Rodeo' was originally titled 'Miss Rodeo.' It was a female song, where the artist sang about how she could not compete with the sport of rodeo. I tried to get every female I know in the industry to cut this song. When the last told me she just didn't hear it, I began to wonder if that meant I was supposed to do something with it. This song was recorded in 1981 as a demo, and for ten years, it sat silent. We got a hold of it, and the band's version of it just stunned me. This song has always been a favorite live, and I hope as long as I get to play live, this will always be on the list."[1]

On the 1995 television special, "The Garth Brooks Story", Brooks said about the song:

"I went all over this town trying to get it cut. The song was called Miss Rodeo, and it was written for a woman to sing, and no one would sing it. I crawled on my knees to Trisha Yearwood, I said 'please you got to hear this song.' And she goes, 'Garth, I'm sure it's perfect, I don't understand the song because I'm not from that part of the country.' She's from Georgia."

Yearwood subsequently convinced Brooks that he was better fit to sing the song than she was, so he agreed to record it.[2]


The song depicts a man who has the uncontrollable urge to be in the rodeo in Tulsa. His lover however would "give half of Texas just to change the way he feels" stating that "It's the ropes and the reins and the joy and the pain and they call the thing rodeo."

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 4
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 61


  1. ^ Garth Brooks - The Hits: transcription from the CD booklet (bar code 7-2438-29689-2-4)
  2. ^ Transcription from "The Garth Brooks Story" (1995)
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1652." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 19, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Garth Brooks Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1991". RPM. December 21, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1991: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 

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