Artist: Garry Lee and The Showdown

The Rodeo Song ~ Garry Lee and the Showdown

showdownpicGarry Lee and the Showdown were a country band from Armpit, Alberta, Canada.

A true collaboration of Alberta talent at its finest, Showdown began as a barn band in Armpit, Alberta in the late 70′s when Garry Lee Berthold would whistle while milking Bessie. His neighbor Charles Holly heard the blissful dairy-duties and before long, the two were jamming with their little animal friends. Deciding it would be best if their husbands simply abandoned farm life, Mrs Holly and Berthold packed up the kids and hubbies and headed to town. Arriving at the bustling metropolis of Medicine Hat, the two quickly took to fiddles and geetars. Low and behold … they were good. So good in fact they moved to the big city – Leduc. There, they attracted the attention of more farmers, fellow banjo and guitarist Kelly La Rocque and drummer Paul McLellan. When they decided to go on the road, Berthold decided to shorten his name to Garry Lee.

A cult following soon developed, unable to get enough of the group’s pure magnetism on stage. Two-stepping … this silly dance then that one … the boys were hot. They decided corporate types were never going to catch on to their brand of country music mixed with dry prairie humor, so they threw a couple of bags in their pickups and headed for the studios. Eventually agreeing to let Garry’s German Shephard in the building, the guys came out of Damon Studios in the spring of 1980 with what is quite honestly one of the most cleverly written, witty, ground-breaking, slickest sounding country records to ever come out of Canada, WELCOME TO THE RODEO. With Gaye Delorme’s song, “The Rodeo Song”, the band gained instant notoriety. Though the album jacket praises the song for being a future classic, right below it is a warning for radio DJ’s not to play it. Read the lyrics below and you’ll know why …..

The Rodeo Song

Originally written by Gaye Delorme, Garry Lee and the Showdown were the ones to make it famous in their 1980 album, “Welcome to the Rodeo”.  For obvious reasons, it would never receive radio air play, so its popularity was spread mainly through clubs and other venues.

Well it’s 40 below and I don’t give a fuck
Got a heater in my truck and I’m off to the rodeo
And it’s allemande left and allemande right
Come on ya fuckin’ dummy get your right step right
Get off the stage ya god damn goof, get off

piss me off, fuckin’ jerk, get on my nerves

Well here comes Johnny with his pecker in his hand
He’s a one ball man and he’s off to the rodeo
And it’s allemande left and allemande right
Come on ya fuckin’ dummy get your right step right
Get off the stage ya god damn goof, get off

piss me off, fuckin’ jerk, get on my nerves

Well it’s 40 below and I aint got a truck
and I dont give a fuck cause I’m off to the rodeo
And it’s allemande left and allemande right
Come on ya fuckin’ dummy get your right step right
Get off the stage ya god damn goof, get off

piss me off, fuckin’ jerk, get on my nerves

Well here comes Johnny with his pecker in his hand
He’s a one ball man and he’s off to the rodeo
And it’s allemande left and allemande right
Come on ya fuckin’ dummy get your right step right
Get off the stage ya god damn goof, get off

piss me off, fuckin’ jerks, get on my nerves

  • Audio from the 1994 album, The Rodeo Song “The Original Hit”:
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