Country superstar Miranda Lambert hits the trail with a posse at her side in the new “If I Was a Cowboy” video, leading a band of outlaws who make their own rules.
Directed by Trey Fanjoy and filmed like a three-minute movie, the immersive clip helps captures the untamed spirit of Lambert’s twangy new single, all about a woman who could out-cowboy even the toughest man.
Full of rough riders and filmed in a real town in Texas, “If I Was a Cowboy” casts Lambert as the Old West “queen” she imagines in the song. Sleeping under the stars, watching poker games turn into brawls and strutting boldly past the town Sheriff, she plays by rules of her own (and looks good doing it), acting out a metaphor for feminine power that may be closer to reality than fantasy.
“This song has references to all of my favorite westerns, and a cowboy lifestyle,” said Lambert, who also casts her husband Brendan McLoughlin as a card-playing cowpoke. “We shot this video in a little old west town in Texas with real cowboys!”
Lambert first released “If I Was A Cowboy” in October of last year, and it’s currently climbing through the Top 25 at country radio. It features a swaying melody and windblown Western vibe, with Lambert singing of pure, unbridled freedom.
“If I was a cowboy, I’d be wild and free / Rollin’ around these towns like tumbleweeds / I’d be a legend at loving and leaving / Nipping on a whiskey and numbing up my feelings / You thought the West was wild but you ain’t saddled up with me / If I was a cowboy, I’d be the queen,” goes the chorus.
It’s the first taste of an upcoming album project to follow up her acclaimed Wildcard, and also her stripped down songwriting concept, The Marfa Tapes (with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall). That acoustic album was recorded in the West Texas desert town of Marfa, as the tree collaborators aimed to capture the essence of country song creation, and their quest was filmed for The Marfa Tapes documentary, premiering on Paramount+ January 20.