Song of the Day #3,882: ‘Space Cowboy’ – Kacey Musgraves

The third song tied for 15th on the Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll is another Kacey Musgraves tune. She clearly hit a nerve with Golden Hour, at least critically. It hasn’t been a runaway commercial hit, at least not yet.

‘Space Cowboy’ was on of the album’s early singles and one of its standout tracks. Musgraves does a nice job mining the cowboy metaphor throughout, and the misdirection of “space cowboy” actually being “space, cowboy” is nifty.

Musgraves ties Drake with three songs on the Pazz & Jop Top 50 singles list, though his album Scorpion placed 82nd on the albums list.

[Verse 1]
You look out the window while I look at you
Saying “I don’t know”
Would be like saying that the sky ain’t blue
And boots weren’t made for sitting by the door
Since you don’t wanna stay anymore

[Chorus]
You can have your space, cowboy
I ain’t gonna fence you in
Go on, ride away in your Silverado
Guess I’ll see you ’round again
I know my place, and it ain’t with you
Well sunsets fade, and love does too
Yeah, we had our day in the sun
When a horse wants to run, there ain’t no sense in closing the gate
You can have your space, cowboy

[Verse 2]
After the gold rush, there ain’t no reason to stay
Shoulda learned from the movies that good guys don’t run away
But roads weren’t made to not go down
And there ain’t room for both of us in this town

[Chorus]
So you can have your space, cowboy
I ain’t gonna fence you in
Go on, ride away in your Silverado
I’ll see you around again
‘Cause I know my place, and it ain’t with you
Sunsets fade, and love does too
We had our day in the sun
When a horse wants to run, ain’t no sense in closing the gate
So you can have your space

[Chorus]
You can have your space, cowboy
I ain’t gonna fence you in
Go on, ride away in your Silverado
I’ll see you around again
‘Cause I know my place, and it ain’t with you
Sunsets fade, and love does too
Though we had our day in the sun
When a horse wants to run, ain’t no sense in closing the gate
You can have your space
Yeah, you can have your space
You can have your space, cowboy

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,882: ‘Space Cowboy’ – Kacey Musgraves

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Another lovely song from Musgrave.

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