Bucking Horse Moon
Tom Russell Lyrics


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Down a one lane road there's a dusty fairground
Where I learned the bronc trade and I fell in love
With a blue eyed twister and her smoky whisper
She said "they call me the Cimarron Dove"

We'd spool our bedrolls on down together
My calloused hands combed through her hair
She'd stare at a star through an old mesquite tree
"See that moon shadow, there's a bucking horse there"

Sweet bird of youth, no easy keeper
Flown with the seasons all too soon
Beneath Montana's blue roan skies
Nevada starlight and a bucking horse moon

Our love reeled out like a Western movie
Down hard worn highways through the rodeo towns
Wrapped in her wings for the midnight flight
That bucking horse moon kept shining down

Bucking horse moon on the hood of the truck
She'd smile and say "that means good luck
Bucking horse shadow through the purple sage
We'll ride forever our love won't age"

But heart and bone are made for breaking
The Cimarron Dove's flown with the wind
Then a bronc in Prescott rolled on my back
I'll never ride rough stock again

Sweet bird of youth, no easy keeper
Flown with the seasons all too soon
Beneath Montana's blue roan skies
Nevada starlight and a bucking horse moon

I lost my youth on the dusty fairgrounds
I'm an old bronc fighter long past high noon
But on a haunted night wind I can hear her whispering
As I search the heavens for the bucking horse moon
The Cimarron Dove and the bucking horse moon

Sweet bird of youth, no easy keeper
Flown with the seasons all too soon
Beneath Montana's blue roan skies




Nevada starlight and the bucking horse moon
Wyoming sundown and a bucking horse moon

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Tom Russell's "Bucking Horse Moon" describe the singer's memories of falling in love with a woman named the Cimarron Dove at a dusty fairground where he learned to ride broncos. The singer reminisces about their time together, gazing at the moon's shadow and seeing the image of a bucking horse. The lyrics capture the passage of time and the fleeting nature of a love that was shaped by the world of rodeos and the American West.


As the song progresses, the singer acknowledges the inevitability of aging and the fact that he can no longer compete in rodeos. He recalls the Cimarron Dove and the times they spent together as the bucking horse moon continues to shine down on him. The lyrics are filled with themes of nostalgia, love, and the changing nature of life.


Overall, "Bucking Horse Moon" is a song that captures the essence of the American West and the world of rodeos. It is a poetic tribute to a way of life that is rapidly disappearing, filled with memories of love, loss, and the enduring power of the natural world.


Line by Line Meaning

Down a one lane road there's a dusty fairground
There is a dusty fairground down a narrow road


Where I learned the bronc trade and I fell in love
I fell in love while learning bronc riding at the fairground


With a blue eyed twister and her smoky whisper
I fell in love with a woman who had blue eyes and a smoky voice


She said 'they call me the Cimarron Dove'
She told me her nickname is the Cimarron Dove


We'd spool our bedrolls on down together
We would roll out our bedrolls and sleep together


My calloused hands combed through her hair
I ran my rough hands through her hair


She'd stare at a star through an old mesquite tree
She would gaze at a star through an old mesquite tree


"See that moon shadow, there's a bucking horse there"
She pointed to the moon shadow and said there is a bucking horse there


Sweet bird of youth, no easy keeper
Youth is fleeting and hard to hold on to


Flown with the seasons all too soon
It passes quickly with the changing seasons


Beneath Montana's blue roan skies
Under the blue, speckled skies of Montana


Nevada starlight and a bucking horse moon
The moon was full and reminiscent of a bucking horse in Nevada


Our love reeled out like a Western movie
Our love story unfolded like a Western movie


Down hard worn highways through the rodeo towns
We traveled on broken highways through rodeo towns


Wrapped in her wings for the midnight flight
We held each other as we went on a midnight flight


That bucking horse moon kept shining down
The moon that looked like a bucking horse continued to shine


Bucking horse moon on the hood of the truck
The moon shone on the hood of the truck


She'd smile and say "that means good luck
She would smile and say that it meant good luck


Bucking horse shadow through the purple sage
The shadow of the bucking horse was cast through the purple sage


We'll ride forever our love won't age"
Our love will never fade, we will ride together forever


But heart and bone are made for breaking
The human body and soul are fragile and can be broken


The Cimarron Dove's flown with the wind
The woman I loved has left and moved on


Then a bronc in Prescott rolled on my back
I was injured while trying to ride a bronc in Prescott


I'll never ride rough stock again
I will never attempt to ride a wild horse like that again


I lost my youth on the dusty fairgrounds
I lost my youth while working and living on the fairgrounds


I'm an old bronc fighter long past high noon
I'm an old man who can no longer ride wild horses


But on a haunted night wind I can hear her whispering
On a windy night, I can hear the faint whispers of the woman I loved


As I search the heavens for the bucking horse moon
As I look up at the sky hoping for a sign of the bucking horse moon


The Cimarron Dove and the bucking horse moon
The Cimarron Dove and the moon that looked like a bucking horse


Wyoming sundown and a bucking horse moon
The sun setting in Wyoming with the moon that looks like a bucking horse




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Written by: PAUL ZARZYSKI, TOM RUSSELL

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