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"A Cowboy Needs a Horse" is the name of a song from 1956 short of the same name.

This song was included in Disney Sing Along Songs videos such as Disney's Greatest Lullabies Volume 2, Disney Sing Along Songs: Heigh-Ho and Disney Sing Along Songs: Little Patch of Heaven.

Lyrics

(Introduction in Sing-Along Songs: Heigh Ho, but not in Sing Along Songs: Little Patch of Heaven)

Professor Owl: (spoken) Singing is fun when you know how to read. Roberta Robin, please proceed.

Roberta: (spoken) Johnny lives in a big city, but has everything a cowboy could want.

Canary Sisters/Chorus: Everything, everything

Roberta: (spoken) He has a place to pan for gold.

Chorus: Panning, panning

Roberta: (spoken) And he has time to shoot a buffalo every day.

Chorus: Shootin', shootin'

Roberta: (spoken) And every night, he dreams he's a cowboy riding the range.

Chorus: Ew-wee, ew-wee, ew-wee, ew-wee...
Ridin', ridin' along...

Oh, a cowboy needs a horse, needs a horse, needs a horse
And he's gotta have a rope, have a rope, have a rope 
And he oughta' have a song, have a song, have a song 
If he wants to keep ridin'
 
Now a cowboy needs a hat, needs a hat, needs a hat 
And a pair of fancy boots, fancy boots, fancy boots 
And a set of shiny spurs, shiny spurs, shiny spurs 
If he wants to keep ridin' 

Oh, the fence is long, and the sun is hot 
And the good Lord knows that a cowboy's gotta keep 
Ridin', ridin' along 

So he gets himself a horse, and a rope, and a song 
And he finds himself a hat, fancy boots, shiny spurs 
And there's nothing more he needs, or can have, or can get 
If he wants to keep ridin', ridin' along...

(long instrumental verse not in Sing-Along Songs version)

(part of ending verse not in Sing Along Songs version)
Ew-wee, ew-wee, ew-wee, ew-wee
Ridin', ridin' along...

(retained in in Sing Along Songs version)
Spurs, shiny spurs...
Boots, fancy boots ...
Sings a western song...
Rope, oh, oh, oh...
And a horse ...
If he wants to keep ridin', ridin' along...

Trivia

  • When the song was shown in Disney Sing Along Songs, the Native American verse and the bandit verse are all omitted, because both of them have no lines sung at. This is to shorten the song.
  • In the Sing-Along Songs version, a student of Professor Owl, Roberta Robin, introduces the song while The Canary Sisters, taking the place of the chorus accompanying the narration. However, this is only in the "Heigh Ho" volume.
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