Rodeo (Garth Brooks song)

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"Rodeo"
Single by Garth Brooks
from the album Ropin' the Wind
B-side"New Way To Fly"
ReleasedAugust 12, 1991
Format7" 45 RPM
Recorded1991
GenreCountry
Length3:53
LabelLiberty 44771
Writer(s)Larry Bastian
Producer(s)Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks singles chronology
"The Thunder Rolls"
(1991)
"Rodeo"
(1991)
"Shameless"
(1991)
 
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"Rodeo"
Single by Garth Brooks
from the album Ropin' the Wind
B-side"New Way To Fly"
ReleasedAugust 12, 1991
Format7" 45 RPM
Recorded1991
GenreCountry
Length3:53
LabelLiberty 44771
Writer(s)Larry Bastian
Producer(s)Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks singles chronology
"The Thunder Rolls"
(1991)
"Rodeo"
(1991)
"Shameless"
(1991)

"Rodeo" is the title of 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]

Garth provided the following background information on the song in the CD booklet 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 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", Garth 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."

Trisha convinced Garth that he was better fit to sing the song than she was, so he did.[2]

Content[edit]

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. / It's The ropes and the reins and the joy and the pain and they call the thing a rodeo."

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1991)Peak
position
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

References[edit]

  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. ^ "RPM Country Tracks. RPM. October 19, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Garth Brooks Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Garth Brooks.
  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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Preceded by
"Where Are You Now"
by Clint Black
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

October 19-October 26, 1991
Succeeded by
"I Thought It Was You"
by Doug Stone