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Storybook Cowboy

by Rudy Sooter

 

Introduction by OJ Sikes:

        This is a song Sooter wrote about Bob Nolan when they worked together – or soon after they worked together and Bob became better known.

        Rudy Sooter joined Jack & Jimmie LeFevre and the Texas Outlaws in or around 1930. In 1932, Jimmie left & formed his Saddle Pals, but Rudy stayed with Jack & the Outlaws. The Pioneers Trio joined them (I haven’t checked the dates) and they became friends. Later, Rudy wrote “Storybook Cowboy” as a way of poking a little fun at his friend Nolan. The lyrics include references to being from the beach & writing songs about cowboys, etc.

        Sooter appeared in loads of western movies in the 30s and 40s, and recorded a number of Standard transcriptions as well as commercial sides. Spade Cooley was in his band at one point.

        There are 2 LPs of Sooter’s music re-issued on the Cattle label. The song is on Sooter’s Cattle LP #99.

 

Click here to listen to the song.

Many thanks to Willem Agenant, Bob Costa and OJ Sikes for locating this track.

 

   

Bob Nolan in his early years as a lifeguard at Santa Monica and, later, as a singing cowboy star.

 

Storybook Cowboy

(by Rudy Sooter about Bob Nolan)

 

I went to a round-up away out West where they round up the cows, you know.

I told the boss I’d do my best so he says “Go to work, by Joe."

He says, “We’ll saddle a horse for you, we’re glad you’re here” and so

I hit the saddle like the cowboys do and what happened I never did know.

 

I’m a storybook cowboy from down on the beach

I write about cowboys and such

I’d like to know how to bulldog a cow

‘Cause I think a bronc is too much.

 

But I woke up somehow, at last, and I never did understand

Why both my hands were full of grass and my ears were plum full of sand.

The boss walked up and he looked at me. He smiled and crossly said,

“You’re the best that’s tried that horse,” says he, “All the rest of them now are dead.”

 

I’m a storybook cowboy from down on the beach

I write about cowboys and such

I’d like to know how to bulldog a cow

‘Cause I think a bronc is too much.

 

Now I didn’t give up like you thought I would; I’m workin’ for the same old boss.

After 14 years, my courage got good and yesterday I rode that hoss.

 

I’m a storybook cowboy from down on the beach

Now I like broncos the best.

I’ve learned how it’s done so I’ve bought me a gun

And I think I’ll stay out in the West.