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All the western movies end with the handsome good guy winning the heart of his girl in a happy ending. This is a dream that many women of the past - house wife. However, reality is different from the fantasy. Instead of a chivalrous man coming home each evening to be served dinner and living out the classic 1950's dream, he dosn't even notice her as he heads out to the bar. From a romantic dream reality starts to set in: another child, selling the car, a job in another state, and spending more time at the bar than at home. The metallic beat of the song comes from banging a cookie sheet - hidden symbolism within the very sound of the song (thanks mcc).

The song asks "Does the 1950's collective fantasy still exist today? Do people find it?"

Where is my John Wayne?
Where is my prairie son?
Where is my happy ending?
Where have all the cowboys gone?

Where is my honorable man?
Where is his shiny gun?
Where is my lonely ranger?
Where have all the cowboys gone?...

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