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“Under New Mexico Skies” Declared Official State Cowboy Song

posted Mar 29, 2009

“Under New Mexico Skies” Declared Official State Cowboy Song


SANTA FE — Governor Bill Richardson signed a bill, HB 389, declaring “Under New Mexico Skies” the official state cowboy song. The song was written and performed by Syd Masters of Edgewood. Masters has given the state permission to use the song.


During their 2007 Legislative Session, New Mexico lawmakers passed a memorial that set the stage for a state cowboy song competition to be run by the New Mexico Music Commission. Representative Gloria Vaughn sponsored the memorial and helped kick off the competition at the Western Music Association’s International Music Festival. The Music Commission then chose “Under New Mexico Skies” from a total of 26 songs.


“This song with its rolling melody and only-in-New Mexico lyrics makes a great statement about the beauty and cultural richness of our state,” said Rep. Vaughn.

The official state cowboy song, “Under New Mexico Skies,” joins a number of symbols that represent New Mexico including Piñon, the state tree; Chile and Beans, the official state vegetables; and the state slogan, “Everybody is Somebody in New Mexico.”

House Bill 389 was also sponsored by Rep. Vaughn.


The words of the state cowboy song, “Under New Mexico Skies”:

(first verse)

Where the Piñon Mesa rolls

And the campfire cures your woes

Watchin' the sly roadrunner flee

On the tail of an autumn breeze

I'm leanin' against a juniper bole

As the creek water takes a stroll

(chorus)

That's where you'll find me

Where the big back country lies

There the cowboy's free to ride

Out under New Mexico skies

(second verse)

Where the lean jack hops along

And the coyote sings his song

Up high the rocky spires shade

The sunny desert days

I'm leanin' against adobe walls of old

Their stories to be told

(chorus)

That's where you'll find me

Where the big back country lies

There the cowboy's free to ride

Out under New Mexico skies

(third verse)

Just me and a covey of gamblin' quail

Lopin' down the Turquoise Trail

(chorus)

That's where you'll find me

Where the big back country lies

There the cowboy's free to ride

Out under New Mexico skies".



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Contact: Nancy Laflin
(505) 827-6454
nancy.laflin@state.nm.us