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Quick Hearted Boy (A Cowboy Ballad, with Funk)


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I've been wanting to do a cowboy ballad for a long time, and every time that somebody else out here posted one i'd think man i have to get to writing a cowboy song. Anyway i'm a boots and hats kind of dude and as the song says my heroes have always been cowboys but i'm a genre (not gender) bending guy so this is what a cowoby tune sounds like to me - like if Tex Ritter had been produced by Quincy Jones...

the lyrics are fairly accurate. some definitions - a cinch ring running iron - rustlers used to use their cinch rings (ring on the girth of a saddle) as branding irons, so if you caught somebody with a blackened cinch ring chances are you'd hang them. wet stock - cattle stolen from mexican ranches. Texans and New Mexicans used to run across the border to "borrow" cattle and they called those beeves wet stock. boss of the plains - the first felt "cowboy" hat that most people would recognize. navy and army colts - ball and cap pistols that were the precursor to the colt peacemaker (the pistol all the cowboys use in the movies). "Seen the elephant" - a mid 1800's phrase meaning to have been involved in some adventure, maybe seen action in the civil war or been up the chisholm trail.
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Lyrics
I met you on the your daddy's porch
wearing britches like a man
smiling from beneath a boss of the plains
spitting in a coffee can
i knew i couldn't have you
you weren't a thing to give away
but when you asked me if i'd seen the elephant
i told you yes
so saddle up you said

i was a quick hearted boy
you were a fiddle foot girl
we happened on each other
on our way to see the world
you had a pair of navy colts
i had an army dragoon
we rode hard with our reigns in our teeth
beneath
the bandit's quarter moon

made camp on cienega creek
where the cowboys didn't ride
built a herd of wet stock longhorn beeves
with a cinch ring running iron
i knew i couldn't have you
you weren't a thing to give away
but when you asked if i was one to ride the river with
i told you yes
so saddle up you said

chorus

i watched you ride away
with some ranchero from nogales
as i spit down at the boots
of those porfirino federales
Song Stats
Hits: 3451
Comments: 34
Fans: 20
Plays: 168
Downloads: 93
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Nov 03, 2009 - 12:33:03 PM
Last Updated: Nov 04, 2009 - 10:54:30 AM Last Played: Sep 04, 2017 - 11:58:09 AM
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Comments
PaddyNavinCaryatid said 2959 days ago (November 3rd, 2009)
First...
.... 'n' funky. Man the influence diminutive stack heeled Minneapolitan is evident here again. Love that rhythm and that "chikka chikka" guitar.
Great lyrics and lovely synth stabs. The glossary was exceptionally useful too!
All in all top work from MJ's funkiest redneck.
Downloaded, iPodded.
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tempie said 2959 days ago (November 3rd, 2009)
whats not to like
about prince. a little bit of country and a little bit of rock and roll. and a lot of sex. in a way he's the ultimate urban cowboy. thanks for the first and funky listen. glad you liked it.
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Vic Holman said 2959 days ago (November 3rd, 2009)
i like the spurs jangling
this is a great song for the metro-cowboy.

great composition, lyrics and funky rockin as all heck. really nice work here!

and yet no cowbell.
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tempie said 2959 days ago (November 3rd, 2009)
metro cowboy
the new urban cowboy. thanks for the listen dude glad you liked it.
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five_extra_arms said 2959 days ago (November 3rd, 2009)
Pop A Cap In Your Ass
means I shot the mule.

This came out so good Craig. Once again you'll hear me say, "We need more Cowboy Ballads!!"


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tempie said 2959 days ago (November 3rd, 2009)
LOL
we need that on a t shirt
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Feter said 2959 days ago (November 3rd, 2009)
Quick Hearted Boy
I feel this is a very well done rock in track
with a nice tongue of a funky guitar ...great
vocal work here ...why its a cowboy song I dunno
but all I know its groovy and i like it ...
thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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tempie said 2958 days ago (November 4th, 2009)
thanks feter
my thinking is that a cowoby ballad isn't a genre as much as it's a cowboy story set to music. i thought i'd sing the doggies to sleep with some diana ross type funk...glad you liked it!
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Relic67 said 2959 days ago (November 3rd, 2009)
the old weird america
great rollicking tune, nice rich sounding production - like the guitar tones esp. call and response vocals a nice touch too. lyrics wonderful as always, charming love story superimposed on freedom loving american mythology.
and of course it's all been thoroughly tempie-ized so there's tons of little things going on to reward repeated listening... dl'ed!

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tempie said 2958 days ago (November 4th, 2009)
tones
i've been looking for an acoustic sound for a long time and finally got it right i think. i string my ovation with power slinkies and use a soft rubber pick. barry hannah said in a review once that larry mcmurtry re-mythologizes the west and i was thinking of that re-mythologizing concept when i did this. it's a cool concept i think. glad you picked up on that and glad you liked the tune...
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kingbee said 2959 days ago (November 4th, 2009)
country disco
Tex Ritter meets Quincy Jones.
What a pairing !
Love the funky feel and the lyrics.
Great merging of ideas
Cool track
Enjoyed
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tempie said 2958 days ago (November 4th, 2009)
pairing
thanks man i love to put ideas in the blender and see what happens. it's the post modernist in me.
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mybravedesign said 2958 days ago (November 4th, 2009)
i totaly agree....
we need more of this... more cowboy ballads....
right here is where the real space cowboy lives...
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tempie said 2958 days ago (November 4th, 2009)
well, some people
also call me the gangsta of love. just sayin.
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stevel said 2958 days ago (November 5th, 2009)
Quirky and cool
Good stuff....this has the Tempie sound going on alright. Nice low fi pop funk!
Steve
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UberCoolKungfu said 2955 days ago (November 7th, 2009)
Super funk
The vocals are well matched to the song. I love the back and forth on the 'quick hearted boy' section. You really remind me of Joe Walsh. Seriously.
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tempie said 2953 days ago (November 9th, 2009)
joe
thanks man i haven't thought about joe walsh in a while but you're right, this is his kind of tune.
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sloparts said 2954 days ago (November 8th, 2009)
Cowboy Funk
too cool Craig, I love it. Always been a fan of TAFKAP (Prince) and this has all that feeling and more. Like you said, the ultimate Urban Cowboy.

Very Funky track, great lyrics, and some cool vocals. Country-Funk don't get any better than this.

Ed
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tempie said 2953 days ago (November 9th, 2009)
i don't know
why more people don't do country funk. i guess big and rich tried it recently in a campy way but i thought it was interesting to give a serious swing at it...might have to revisit the genre now that it kind of worked.
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guygrooves said 2953 days ago (November 9th, 2009)
Very VERY
COOOOOOL Love it Love the harmonies Love the vernacular Love the story. Absolutely the best song I have heard in a long time. DL for sure.
Peace
Guy
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tempie said 2953 days ago (November 9th, 2009)
hey guy
thanks man that's a nice shot in the arm. if i could get into a time machine and re-appear in the 1880's i'd do it but with some twist of time i'd probably bring the funk with me.
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2953 days ago (November 9th, 2009)
Just got to hear this--
It's totally inspired!!! The West has been thoroughly re-mythologized for this listener! I'm picturing a dusty saloon with a disco ball.
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tempie said 2953 days ago (November 9th, 2009)
dust and disco balls
cool man glad it did that for you. now that i think about it a lot of those old funk songs were narratives about bad dudes. pretty much the same thing as the cowboy ballads.
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Bob6stringer said 2953 days ago (November 9th, 2009)
Spill the wine!
What a unique mating of styles -- kinda country disco funky. (Well, not disco really since I;ll go to my grave hating that.) It works really well. You've got a real party feel going on here. (Note to self: Put in a mix with "Spill the Wine (Take that Girl.) I like how your overlap your lyrics for a call & response effect here and elsewhere. Good one.
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SISTERS said 2953 days ago (November 9th, 2009)
3 thumbs up

a fiddle foot girl and prince spilling the wine - this has it ALL.
music was absolutely enchanting! vocal attitude seems just right.
oh yeah, this is like gum in my hair - it will be with me for some time... schaweeeeet!
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lengold said 2953 days ago (November 10th, 2009)
Loving that
funky guitar. Great catchy song writing and performance.
Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
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dave_b said 2952 days ago (November 10th, 2009)
Quick Hearted Boy
Love that chicken scratching. The Ovation up high is a nice flavor. Liked the way you worked in all the authentic cowboy lingo, and the vocals delivered with just the right amount of attitude. Good job!
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cjdaley said 2952 days ago (November 11th, 2009)
tempie the kid
platform cowboy boots and afro under the stetson. Don't let the sun go down on you stranger or this may end up in tar and feathers. You may be ahead of the 1850s, here.
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tempie said 2947 days ago (November 16th, 2009)
tempie the kid
lol i love to secretly pretend that i'm william s. hart in a desperate role every time i mount up and ride off someplace. it's my way of continuing to play cowboys and indians at 40. i've also started singing like gene autry when i'm out with my daughter, it doesn't amuse her the way it amuses me...although my horse seems to like it...
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buckhorn said 2949 days ago (November 13th, 2009)
Sometimes
I wonder if you and relic67 are the same person. You have the same penchant for combining disparate genres , and similar sensibilities in the arrangement department. Super Funky cool tune.
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tempie said 2947 days ago (November 16th, 2009)
well
that's a great compliment, i'm a big relic fan. i just hate doing anything in an expected way, and i appreciate that aspect of his work too. glad you liked the tune!
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davidmurphy1899 said 2929 days ago (December 3rd, 2009)
western sky
the cowgirl quickens me heart and make me want trade it all in for a saddle and fair wind and a golden dusk.this is fundamental pulse with a purpose..this is for the world behond and a lonesome creek.GREAT GREAT GREAT DAVID
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davidmurphy1899 said 2929 days ago (December 3rd, 2009)
upload the cowboy
will upload soon my only cowboy song because of this great song.am trying to enable my songs to be downloadable.in the meantime my new effort THE LIVING WAGE can be down loaded.regards david
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crissew said 2916 days ago (December 16th, 2009)
Very catchy hook
Well performed, sung and written. Excellent song! Reminds me of P-Funk is some ways. Jesse James meets George Clinton!
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