Rodeo Song: If You Have to Ask (Rodeo Fever)

Okay, so a song about rodeo fever is hardly original, right? Still, I’m betting few if any songwriters have bothered to pen verses describing the various injuries any rough stock rider learns to take in stride….

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If You Have to Ask (Rodeo Fever)
Copyright 2015 by Fred Baker

If you have to ask, you’re never going to really know
Why a cowboy will ride in that rough stock rodeo
Me, I got off easy; I never got hurt real bad
A few busted ribs, concussions, and that one down lung I had

The heart is smashed on over to a new spot in my chest
But I can walk and talk and my brain still works; so I’m ahead of all the rest
Ordinary bumps and bruises and groin pulls do not count
When you’ve got another critter to crawl down on and it’s one of the better mounts

Banged up shins so swollen, the needle has to drain ’em out slow
Hurry up, sawbones, there’s 800 miles between here and tomorrow’s show
A knot on my ring finger from a rigging built too small
One cracked kneecap, but that was on the ranch so that does not count at all

I’ve been gored between the shoulders, used my jaw to hit one bull’s horn
Caught a rock with my chin in the arena but I was crazy from the day I was born
I lost a few friends along the way but I remember each one with a smile
Nobody’s surprised when you pay the price after traveling that extra mile

I know at least two men who won world championships after suffering a broken neck
It takes a lot to stop a rodeo cowboy from earning just one more paycheck
We talk about rodeo fever that keeps a cowboy tied to the wheel
If you have to ask you’ve never had it, but I can tell you the fever is real

(–meter change–)

My skull on the right near the temple is caved in just a little bit
A typical rough stock example, not near enough to make anyone quit