“Trading-Out Blues”


"In the middle of the night if you hear a scream And there's a flame burnin'... the road... It's just a bunch of cowboys Tradin' out at the next rodeo." The song describes the wild driving cowboys do as they travel from rodeo to rodeo


According to Ohrlin, professional rodeo cowboys would often rearrange their riding schedules so that they could appear at two events simultaneously. This was known as "trading out." Not all rodeos permit trading out, but some do in order to increase the number of top-flight cowboys entered. But, of course, it leaves the riders having to really make time between events. Hence this song.


  1. Ohrlin-HBT 97, "Trading-Out Blues" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Ohr097


Author: Johnny Baker
Earliest date: 1973