Marty Robbins Cowboy in the Continental Suit cover

Cowboy in the Continental Suit
Lyrics and Meaning

Nov 30, 1988

Cowboy in the Continental Suit Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
Well, he walks out in the arena
All dressed up to the brim
Said he'd just came down from a place
Called "Highland Rim"
Verse 2
Well, he said he came to ride the horse
The one they call "The Brute"
But he didn't look like a cowboy
In his Continental Suit
Verse 3
We snickered at the way he dressed
But he never said a word
He walks on by the rest of us
As if he hadn't heard
Verse 4
A thousand bucks went to the man
Who could ride this wild cayuse
A meaner horse was never born
Than the one they called "The Brute"
Verse 5
The horse that he was looking for
Was in chute number eight
He walked up very slowly
Put his hand upon the gate
Verse 6
We knew he was a thoroughbred
When he pulled his sack of "Dukes"
From the inside pocket
Of his Continental Suit
Verse 7
Well, he rolled hisself a "Corley"
And he lit it standing there
Blew himself a smoke ring
And he watched it disappear
Verse 8
We thought he must be crazy
When he opened up the gate
Standing just inside was
Fifeteen hundred pounds of hate
Verse 9
The Buckskin tried to run him down
But the stranger was too quick
He stepped aside and threw his arms
Around the horse's neck
Verse 10
And pulled himself up on the back
Of the horse they called "The Brute"
Sit like he was born there
In his Continental Suit
Verse 11
"The Brute's" hind-end was in the air
His front end on the ground
Kickin' and a-squealin', tryin' to
Shake this stranger down
Verse 12
But the stranger didn't give an inch
He came to ride "The Brute"
And he came to ride the Buckskin
In a Continental Suit
Verse 13
Well, I turned around to look at Jim
And he was watchin' me
He said, "I don't believe
The crazy things I think I see
Verse 14
But I think I see the outlaw
The one they call "The Brute"
Ridden by a cowboy
In a Continental Suit"
Verse 15
"The Brute" came to a stand-still
Ashamed that he'd been rode
By a city cowboy in
Some Continental clothes
Verse 16
The stranger took his money
And we don't know where he went
We don't know where he came from
And we haven't seen him since
Verse 17
The moral of this story:
Never judge by what they wear
Underneath some ragged clothes
Could be a millionaire
Verse 18
Everybody listen
Don't be fooled by this galoot
This sure-'nough bronc buster
In a Continental Suit

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