The Beaches of Cheyenne
|"The Beaches of Cheyenne"|
|Single by Garth Brooks|
|from the album Fresh Horses|
|Released||December 11, 1995|
|Format||CD single, 7" single|
|Label||Capitol Nashville 19022|
|Garth Brooks singles chronology|
"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 single from his album Fresh Horses. The song became Brooks's 15th Billboard Number One hit in March 1996.
Background and writing
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."
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, distraught that her last words to her husband were "I don't give a damn if you never come back from Cheyenne", 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."
European EP Single
U.S. DJ Promo CD Single Capitol D-Pro-10332, 1996
- "The Beaches of Cheyenne" - 4:11
U.S. 7" Jukebox Single Capitol Nashville 19022, 1996
- "The Beaches of Cheyenne" - 4:13
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." Entertainment Weekly critic Alanna Nash called it a "confusing ghost story."
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", 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.
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||1|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||65|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||38|
- Transcription from "The Garth Brooks Story" (1995)
- Contemporary Country (1 ed.). Hal Leonard Corporation. 1999. pp. 9–15. ISBN 0-634-01594-X.
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Fresh Horses review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
- Nash, Alanna (December 8, 1995). "Fresh Horses review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
- Stambler, Irwin; Lyndon Stambler; Grelun Landon (2000). Country Music: The Encyclopedia. Macmillan. p. 51. ISBN 0-312-26487-9.
- "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2910." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 11, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- "Garth Brooks – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Garth Brooks.
- "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1996". RPM. December 16, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- "Best of 1996: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
by Alan Jackson
|Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
March 16, 1996
"You Can Feel Bad"
by Patty Loveless
"Tell Me Something I Don't Know"
by Charlie Major
|RPM Country Tracks
March 11, 1996
by Jason McCoy