Throwback Jam: The Chicks’ “Cowboy Take Me Away”

Throwback Jam: The Chicks’ “Cowboy Take Me Away”

Throwback Jam: The Chicks’ “Cowboy Take Me Away”

By Aaron Wagner

It’s such an iconic and recognizable tune proper off the bat with the primary few notes.

The Chicks’ “Cowboy Take Me Away” is likely one of the trios signature songs that also holds up at the moment. Released in November of 1999, I’ve little doubt that if it was launched at the moment in 2021 it could nonetheless be a giant industrial success.

The tune was written by certainly one of The Chicks, Martie Maguire, and well-known songwriter Marcus Hummon, who has written some monster profitable songs like “Bless the Broken Road”, “Born to Fly”, “One Of These Days”, and “Ready to Run.”

During the writing session Martie and Marcus had completed up a tune neither of them had been thrilled about and with not a lot time left they determined to begin one other one. Martie wished to write down a tune for her sister Emily’s marriage ceremony. She had the tune title “Cowboy Take Me Away” in her head however when she shared it with Marcus he misheard and thought she stated “Calgon, Take Me Away.” He was confused and requested if it was a joke as a result of Calgon was the identify of a shower powder and the phrase of an advert marketing campaign.

Soon the confusion was gone as Martie shared that her sister Emily was marrying a cowboy and that she authorised of the man and wished him to whisk her sister away off within the sundown. They completed the tune in about quarter-hour and Marcus despatched the demo to the label and waited to listen to again.

After listening to crickets for awhile, sooner or later he stumbled throughout a People Magazine article that talked about that the trio had sang the tune at Emily’s marriage ceremony. The relaxation is historical past as they are saying.

The tune appeared on their document breaking Fly album that went Diamond. Yes, Diamond. That means greater than 10 million copies had been offered. That album helped launch the group into superstardom and one of many largest acts in nation music.

“Cowboy Take Me Away” spent three weeks at #1 in February of 2000, following Faith Hill’s “Breathe” and previous Tim McGraw’s “My Best Friend.”

It’s one of the vital lined songs in nation music as Carly Pearce lined it just lately as did Runaway June together with Marcus Hummon’s son, Levi Hummon.