By Mike Lander on
“This the last cowboy song:
The end of a hundred year waltz.
The voices sound sad as they’re singin’ along.
Another piece of America’s lost.” – The Highwaymen
The cowboy stands as the symbol of self reliance, rugged individualism, the American spirit and freedom. Much as the automobile was to later represent freedom and mobility, the aura of the cowboy is still with us even though his golden age lasted a little more than a generation.
Immortalized in song and in films, the American cowboy continues to influence people not only in the United States but worldwide more than 100 years after his golden age. The images presented here is our tribute to the cowboy.
“I grew up a-dreamin’ of bein’ a cowboy
And Lovin’ the cowboy ways
Pursuin’ the life of my high-ridin’ heroes
I burned up my childhood days
I learned of all the rules of the modern-day drifter
Don’t you hold on to nothin’ too long
Just take what you need from the ladies, then leave them
With the words of a sad country song” – Sharon Vaughn
Recorded by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson separately.