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From the recording Cowboy

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<p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: small;">"The song Cowboy was such a fun project to co-write on with Rob Kuhlman," tells the song's vocalist Phoebe McMillian. "Rob began Cowboy with a full chorus and strong idea for the direction of the song." After sharing his idea with Phoebe, they began their co-write journey to the Wild West!</span></p>
<p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: small;">At the time, the Deadwood series was something they both enjoyed watching. Both the TV show and their mutual interest in outlaws became the inspiration to bring the song together.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: small;">The song tells a story of a dying Deadwood madam who needs to tell the secret she has been keeping for so many years because she was protecting her friends, Billy the Kid, Calamity Jane, Jessie James and Wild Bill. Her secret is revealed at the end of the song with a twist on how McCall&rsquo;s execution was botched due to revenge.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: small;">The song features&nbsp;</span><strong style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Phoebe McMillian</strong><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> on Lead Vocal</span></p>
<p><img src="http://www.effulgentmusic.com/img/from_cdbaby/Phoebe.jpg" alt="" width="239" height="277" />&nbsp;</p>
<p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>Rob Kuhlman</strong> on Guitars</span></p>
<p><img src="http://www.effulgentmusic.com/img/from_cdbaby/Rob_w_guitar_on_bridge_close_2019.jpg" alt="" width="237" height="186" />&nbsp;</p>
<p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Along with Phoebe's passionate voice and Rob's acoustic guitars, these musicians helped tell the bigger-than-life story of the characters who lived in Deadwood, Montana during the Black Hills Gold Rush:</span></p>
<p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Billy Holmes, Mandolin</span></p>
<p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Nathan Collins, Drums</span></p>
<p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Ray McMurty, Bass</span></p>
<p><br /><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Cowboy was recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by Rob Kuhlman at Root Cellar Music Studio.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Cowboy lyric video:</span></p>
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Lyrics

<p class="p1"><span class="s1">One cold night in the Black Hills</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Laced in sepia and gold</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">A Deadwood madam lay breathless</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">With a secret to be told</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The 18th Street Brothel</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Was the best place they could hide</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">There was hunger in their bodies and</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">A thirst in their eyes</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Jesse and Billy they were in</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Dancing with the wild cats and covered in sin</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Gambling in the sheets</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Riding lost trails and fightin&rsquo; in streets</span></p>
<p class="p2">&nbsp;</p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The Horse don&rsquo;t make the Cowboy</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The gun only makes them understand</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The hat don&rsquo;t make the Cowboy</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">If the Cowboy keeps on living</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Living makes a Cowboy a man</span></p>
<p class="p2">&nbsp;</p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Times were trying and often rough</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Making one do about anything</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">But she kept on dreamin&rsquo; that</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">One day she&rsquo;d get that ring</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Undulating horizons underneath her men&rsquo;s clothes</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Lady Jane was driving Bill wild</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">In those burlesque shows</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Entwining smoke-filled dark saloons</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Hard hands stealing the moon</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Enticing spirits of the West</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Holdin&rsquo; on lawless and possessed</span></p>
<p class="p2">&nbsp;</p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The Horse don&rsquo;t make the Cowboy</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The gun only makes them understand</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The hat don&rsquo;t make the Cowboy</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">If the Cowboy keeps on living</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Living, living makes the Cowboy a man</span></p>
<p class="p2">&nbsp;</p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">McCall was holdin&rsquo; onto a threat</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Harsh words exchanged over a debt</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">He reached for the revolver and just as planned</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Left Bill holdin&rsquo; that dead man&rsquo;s hand</span></p>
<p class="p2">&nbsp;</p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">On the way to Bill&rsquo;s grave</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">A pact was made to take down McCall</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">An execution botched as the whole town watched</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">In the distance you could hear the shots</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Only I saw their faces</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">And now McCall was left holdin' eights and aces</span></p>
<p class="p2">&nbsp;</p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The horse don&rsquo;t make the Cowboy</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The gun only makes them understand</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The hat don&rsquo;t make the Cowboy</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">If the Cowboy keeps on living</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Living, living makes the Cowboy a man</span></p>