“If I Was a Cowboy”
Written by Jesse Frasure and Miranda Lambert
This is like one of those word association games that gives you three minutes to write down every word you can think of that’s associated with “cowboy.”
It attempts to make some commentary about gender roles, but the line that’s intended to be the payoff – “If I was a cowboy, I’d be the queen” – doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, given that it’s preceded by her fully embodying a male cowboy throughout the song. It comes off as a pale imitation of Taylor Swift’s “The Man” – “If I were a man, I’d be the man” works a lot better than this does.
All that being said, Lambert sings it well and the production has a few creative flourishes that echo the soundscape of Kacey Musgraves in the Golden Hour era. In that regard, it’s an improvement over the Wildcard project. But it’s still a long way off from the creative heights of Platinum and The Weight of These Wings.