Cody Johnson - The Only One I Know (Cowboy Life) Lyrics




Another Jake brake wakes me up to a hotel lobby coffee cup
That dirty old white pickup truck with the trailer hooked up by the Denny's, she's mine
Last night's bugs on the windshield, fast food trash on the dash meal
Speedin' ticket and a doctor bill from a gash I got from a short go in Casper
Summer of last year, maybe next year

And I ride, and I fall, one day I might win 'em all
Just some broken hearts and broken bones, and a hell of a whole lot of bein' alone
But I ride, and I roam, where I hang my hat is home
This cowboy life might kill me, but it's the only one I know

Cell phone was breakin' up, the night she called to say she'd had enough
Of my little white lies and little white lines and wantin' somebody who could never be with her
I look back on every fork in the road that I took to chase that buckle of gold
And wonder if what I held for what I hold is worth tradin' away
Hell I don't know, all I know

And I ride, and I fall, one day I might win 'em all
Just some broken hearts and broken bones, and a hell of a whole lot of bein' alone
But I ride, and I roam, where I hang my hat is home
This cowboy life might kill me, but it's the only one I know

Yeah it'll kill me, before it ever lets me go
It'll kill me, but it's the only life I know
And I'd rather die than be caught cryin'
So I'm just smilin', wear my hat down low
But wear my hat down low

And I ride, and I fall, one day I might win 'em all
Just some broken hearts and broken bones, and a hell of a whole lot of bein' alone
But I ride, and I roam, where I hang my hat is home
This cowboy life might kill me, but it's the only one I know
Yeah this cowboy life might kill me, but it's the only one I know





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  1. Jeff Thornerg

    All these country fockers around here wear their hats down low . Always stand up straight tall and proud but where your hats down low . Humble and kind . But don't test us . Devil is ever-present . Don't bring him out . Do unto us as we do unto you . The cowboy way

  2. John Pflaster

    When you hear REAL drums you know it’s good music

  3. Jacob Silverman

    "I'd rather die than be caught crying, so I just smile and wear my hat down low" What a great line

  4. Raylene Patton

    Love Cody Johnson’s voice!

  5. Mark Mahala

    Bulls and beer that’s all I have to say hats off to us bull riders!!!!!!!

  6. rainwolf034

    Pretty good honest song writing is what makes his music so good.. just honest and you can feel it.. And anyone that has ever chased a dream can relate to that phone call that just keeps breaking up as you try to keep your heart from breaking feeling that if you want one dream you have to give up another..

  7. Jeff Thornerg

    Ruck up and always wear your hat down low !

  8. Edward Vargas

    Hell yeah Cody!!!

  9. Pam Jefferson

    🍃❤️💋🍃

  10. Bobby BERGEN

    Stay True to Your Roots, Please Don't Ever Change Your COUNTRY Music!!!

  11. rainwolf034

    Best country singers have always been from Texas so nothing new to us.. and rodeo singers always keep it the most Country.. This Song hits you rite in the heart.. we all loose, we all have lost dreams.. Thank You.. song makes me nostalgic, for my past and any singer who can do that over and over deserves respect..

  12. Pam Jefferson

    🍃❤️🍃💞🍃❤️

  13. Liam Wales

    Hard to describe why ...only know I am totally rapt in this man's voice and his music . Fits like a second skin 🙂

    Jane Bloor

    I'll second that

  14. Landon Scott

    Country

  15. MKK

    Thank you for coming to Canton ohio

  16. Chris Galvan

    Best of best George strait will always be king but yu stand right under him n my book not a day goes by I dont play yur music straight from amarillo Texas god bless you CoJo 💪🤠

  17. Southern _Deputy911

    After watching that stupid tic toc old town road meme it's good to listen to real country music

  18. Northern Redneck

    This is a great song ol son

  19. Hussein Nasser

    Sounds like a long drive song

  20. Brian 131 Gomez

    Hola bienvenido

  21. Brian 131 Gomez

    Real cuhnti música

  22. wheelmanstan

    fastfood trash on the dash meal, haha nice

  23. Lonnie Stevens

    REAL COUNTRY.

  24. Joe Vanmeter

    This guy has what very few ever have. Chris ledoux and Tony Glenn are the only two I know that can make you feel two totally different ways about the same song. One way while you're running up n down the road n break your heart when it's all over.

  25. Garth Labar

    Texas country > Nashville

  26. Jeff Thornerg

    I'll just put my hat down low and ride on

  27. Jeff Thornerg

    For those of you that don't know there is country and there is Western. It's hard to tell difference between the two but this is Western

  28. MKK

    See u in Canton like hank sr could've rip

  29. Jay Weekes

    i am black, and in Law Enforcement....but when i die, i want it to be as a cowboy. man,, i wish was able to.

    shieldmaiden000

    Why wait to be a cowboy? The color of the skin doesn't make you a cowboy. It is the hard work, the love in your heart for this great country we live in, standing up for your rights as a citizen of this great nation, standing by your fellow man/woman to defend her, helping your neighbor when they need someone to get the hay in before the rain, staying up all night helping the mother cow birth her baby, or the mare that is having a hard time; it is wearing your cowboy hat with pride and wearing your cowboy boots until they have holes in the bottoms, it is making the person you are with feel like a real human being..that is what a cowboy/cowgirl is. There are some of us that were raised on a ranch or farm, but you don't need to be a land owner or own horses and cattle to have a country soul. So buy those boots, wranglers, and cowboy hat and be that cowboy, even if it is on the weekends...but always be that country man every day of your life.

  30. H Bar J

    🤠👍🏻

  31. Gfggf GGG

    Cool Song🤯🤯🤯🤩🤩😎

  32. R Herrera 3

    Saw him at the Houston Livestock show and rodeo this past year and the only independent artist to sell out at the rodeo ever!!! CoJoNation!!! And Rode off on a horse to end the show!!

    shieldmaiden000

    Oh...I seen that video. I love it. Did he ride off on his horse after he sang "Dear Rodeo"?

    Brad Bonnema

    Just like King George Strait!

  33. Jonathan Pierce Band

    This is damn good shit!!! Time to clean up Nashville

  34. Toby Jonesroberts

    Simply Cody 5
    Johnson Erin Enderlin Jon Wolfe, Josh Ward, and William Micheal Morgan. You are the best next thing to enter country music I put them up there with George strait Alan Jackson, haggard Jones cash pattsy cline, and all the great old ones these newbies are right up there beceasue their music is COUNTRY KEEP IT COUNTRY

  35. Randy Boyd

    I hear jake breaks all the time off my front porch here in Arkansas. How many of y'all heard??

  36. Hank Weiss

    True country. A Breath of fresh air. MY SON knows cody an hes a great young man an a real country talent

  37. AgentEran

    fast food trash on the dash meal... 100%

  38. KR Mitchell

    describes my life to a “t”

  39. Cameron Jones

    With the way country is going all gay city and shit im glad to hear someone still sings real country

  40. Timothy Shilling

    Cody Johnson keeps country real

  41. Akito Lelouch

    Im in love with this song❤

  42. Montgomery Parsons

    Johnson real country music

  43. Juan Perez

    I can't stop listening!!!

  44. Joe Vanmeter

    Closest thing to Chris in many years.

  45. Brittany Guthridge

    Pure amazingness. Can't wait to see CoJo in Minneapolis on Nov. 30th.

  46. Landon Hill

    Half the views are from me

  47. Thomas McBride

    Y’all must’ve never heard of a Jake break befor

    Al P

    Thomas McBride it brake. Lmao

  48. Colby Shelton

    And you can look it up online and it says day break but it's really jake break you truckers or anyone who own a truck with one knows

    Melissa Crane

    Colby Shelton i thought so!!

  49. Colby Shelton

    He says jake break not day break.

  50. FADING_RAGE

    Got me in and help me through a heart break, thanks cody johnson, your music is solid country gold.

  51. Mystik 808

    It showed me right from wrong, he showed me the better side of life

  52. Mystik 808

    At here in old Lometa tx

  53. Mystik 808

    I came from a big city to a small town in Texas with only 700 people in the town, Cody Johnson's music changed my life an for that I thank you co jo

  54. MythMethuselah

    Man I really miss home, was a lot of hard work but it really had its rewa...yeah I'm not a rancher/cowboy never have been but this song is awesome.

  55. Izaac Melton

    This guy is a damn good singer I don't think I have found a song he hasn't put out yet that I don't like I love his music!!! The cowboy life is fun though.

  56. Rachael Tedder

    Cody you are the best singer in country.you will be the next gorge straits Braden Tedder is your biggest fan.

  57. elenviadodelfin

    CNN brigs me here from Honduras

  58. Dior Mandrell

    #TX keep the real country alive. he's an amazing man and great song writer/singer so happy this is the first country guy I like that doesn't use autotune he isn't scared of singing his own voice. #keepitTXstrong

  59. Tyler Richards

    These are the types of songs I listen to before I hit that crazy ol' rodeo, a lot of Cody Johnson and Chris Ledoux

  60. Carlos Armendariz

    Now that's what I'm talking about . Texas at its best . This song goes out to all you cowboys and oilfield hands . There isn't nothing like us . Keep the faith locos

    cowboy people

    thanks my dad is both

    Mark Mahala

    You dam strait we are a dying breed far as I am concerned I am proud to be a cowboy born in the USA!!

  61. Austin Ricardi

    can't get enough of this song it hits right at home for me living down in south AR growing up

  62. Ryan Talley

    This song is one of those songs aimed towards a certain group of people. In this case a cowboy like myself. #Rodeo4life

  63. Jeff Crafton

    I HEAR DAN SEALS

  64. Marleni Gonzalez

    Another day break wakes me up to a hotel lobby coffee cup
    That dirty old white pickup truck with the trailer hooked up by the Denny's, she's mine
    Last night's bugs on the windshield, fast food trash on the dash meal
    Speedin' ticket and a doctor bill from a gash I got from a short go in Casper
    Summer of last year, maybe next year

    And a ride, and a fall, one day I might win 'em all
    Just some broken hearts and broken bones, and a hell of a whole lot of bein' alone
    But a right, and a wrong, where I hang my hat is home
    This cowboy life might kill me, but it's the only one I know

    Cell phone was breakin' up, the night she called to say she'd had enough
    Of my little white lies and little white lines and wantin' somebody who could never be with her
    I look back on every fork in the road that I took to chase that buckle of gold
    And wonder if what I held for what I hold is worth tradin' away
    Hell I don't know, all I know

    Is a ride, and a fall, one day I might win 'em all
    Just some broken hearts and broken bones, and a hell of a whole lot of bein' alone
    But a right, and a wrong, where I hang my hat is home
    This cowboy life might kill me, but it's the only one I know

    Yeah it'll kill me, before it ever lets me go
    It'll kill me, but it's the only life I know
    And I'd rather die than be caught cryin'
    So I'm just smilin', wear my hat down low
    But wear my hat down low

    And a ride, and a fall, one day I might win 'em all
    Just some broken hearts and broken bones, and a hell of a whole lot of bein' alone
    But a right, and a wrong, where I hang my hat is home
    This cowboy life might kill me, but it's the only one I know
    Yeah this cowboy life might kill me, but it's the only one I know

    Austin Schweich

    Marleni Gonzalez
    "Another jake brake"

    Jon Young

    but I ride and I roam

    T Sellers

    Jake brake not day break

  65. Trev White

    His best song! Masterpiece!!!!

  66. phillip jones

    so glad to hear guys like Cody Johnson in country music. we need more of the traditional artists like this. now i understand that all things evolve, including music, but there's nothin like a sad old country song full of fiddles and steel guitar rides so strong it gives you chills. keep up the good work Cody

  67. Justin Crawford

    Cody Johnson and His BRAND of Country Music is outstanding! This album shows how Diverse and Talented Cody is! This song right here hits home for a lot of us guys that have been down that road rodeoing for a living!

  68. Sterling McAlister

    Keep at it hand

  69. Brady Narze

    Can't wait to see him in December in Las Vegas!

  70. Ashley Lynn

    amazing. all I can say

  71. Joe Contreras

    cant wait to see him with the Randy Rogers Band...

    mario rivera

    Joe Contreras man that must have been a show u lucky sob

  72. Ande Wall Owens

    Texas proud!
    Love this type of Country Music.

  73. Max G

    he was great in belton tx sunday night! fucking aye

  74. Jordan Youngblood

    I'm seeing him tonight for the first time and I absolutely can't wait!!!!!!

  75. Randy Vega

    THIS is country. Cody Johnson is as pure as it gets... I feel sorry for those Luke Bryan, Sam hunt, Florida Georgia line mother lovers

    Ronnie Carroll

    Sam Hunt is a complete pussy he could never be country even though he is from a nothing town in georgia

    keni Flo

    I do love me some Cody!! So proud of & happy for this BAD ASS Texas boy!!!! But can't lie I love me some Luke Bryan, he puts on a bad ass show no lie & sexy as all get out so don't be hating on my man!!

    Ben Kuhns

    Randy Vega Luke Bryan's whiny voice sucks, the Florida Georgia Line is cool :-)

    Adam Breckenridge

    Problem i like both old and new country except for Keith Urban he fucking sucks ass after that damn song he made with carrie underwood i dont care wtf anyone says theres was not even a hair of country in it

  76. Brandon Hagan

    #cowboywayoflife

  77. Cody Mcbride

    I saw cody johnson at jd bar in Kearney nebraska

    Vesna Naglič

    Cody Mcbride awesome!!

  78. Trae Crabtree

    You just sang about my life. I love this song. can't wait to see you in tulsa

  79. brian24981

    Thank you for making real country music

  80. Kevin James

    Cody Johnson is different than most Country Artists. Too bad they dont play his music here in SC. They play that miainstream crap.

  81. Hunter Patton

    I ride and I roll, or I ride and I roam?

    Ray Maddox

    I ride and I fall.

    Beezer311

    Then it's I ride and I roam.

  82. Kevin Crawford

    +CodyJohnson
    i would like to email you about playing at my wedding.

  83. Brandon Lee

    That's Texas at its best!!!

    Gavin Keller

    Yes Em'

    Russ Bay

    Came across this guy and thought he was worthy of a mention. Bronze Cowboy Pranks on youtube. He is out of Old Town Scottsdale Good clean fun and humor.

  84. John Sadler

    This is real country music! Dont change my friend, ive taken your music a lot of places. and its done a lot for me when the situation just ant that good

  85. TxTimxT

    #realcountrymusic

  86. Nick Meyer

    dirty old white pickup truck with a trailer hooked up by the __________ she's mine. what did he say I still can't hear it.

    Nick Meyer

    +John Sadler sounds like it but look up the definition of diddy I don't think that's it haha

    zack borel

    +Nick Meyer
    Dennys the diner pardner

    Nick Meyer

    +zack borel DENNYS!! Thanks for clearing it up!

  87. Amberly Shelton

    forever been one of my favorite artists! Hell I even got "Texas kind of way " tattooed on me lol. Been listening to your music for years and will listen for many more!

  88. MeetDaMets

    your music is gold dude....gotta get you up here to Long Island Ny

  89. Ramiro Rodriguez Jr

    i have loved ur music since i first saw u in Corpus Christi a few yrs back and you seriously only keep getting better.....

  90. Kimberly Bell

    ((LOVE)) the music coming off the new album!!!!! <3 #cojonation Thanks for keeping the Country in Country Music!!! I loveeee every bit of your TEXAS country! #texasproud

  91. david sharples

    lovin the song cody keep it up