Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Space Cowboy’ Is Melancholy Sendoff of a Lost Love [Listen]
No, it's not about the anime series Cowboy Bebop nor a cowboy floating through the outer reaches of the galaxy. It's about letting someone go — in this particular case, giving her "cowboy" his space.
Musgraves' lovelorn "Space Cowboy" is relatable, and though not void of her typical twang and wit, it's a progression of her art since her debut, Same Trailer, Different Park.
"You can have your space, cowboy / I ain't gonna fence you in," Musgraves croons, almost dejectedly. "Go on, ride away in your Silverado / Guess I'll see you 'round again."
It's the story of a relationship that has already fallen apart, and it's all over but the crying. She is choosing to end it on her terms this time and get ahead of the inevitable heartbreak. Musgraves has been there, it seems — before marrying fellow singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly last fall, she split from then-bandmate Misa Arriaga. If you've ever been in a relationship that you could practically see evaporating into thin air, you'll understand why she's flipping the script and letting her cowboy go.
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We've heard a few of the tracks from Golden Hour already, as Musgraves has been sampling a few on the road with Little Big Town. "Velvet Elvis," "Wonder Woman" and "Butterflies" all made the new album track list, in addition to "Space Cowboy."
Golden Hour is set for release on March 30.
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