I thought I had the talent, I thought I had the grit-
To make it to the Finals, at least I didn’t quit…
I’ve had a lot of good times, and some times I won’t forget-
I look like I’d been rode real hard, and then been put up wet.
Scars, and limps, and aching joints, I really am a sight-
I toss and turn on those hard beds in motels every night.
I no longer make the big shows, I just take what I can get…
You do that when you’ve been rode hard, and then been put up wet.
I’ve known a lot of women, I guess I must admit-
And some I could have married, if I’d had the sense to quit.
I couldn’t see the nine to five, or being some tame pet-
I’d rather feel I’ve been rode hard, and then been put up wet.
The road to fame and fortune, is full of bumps and spills-
A kid don’t realize it, but it seems it’s all uphill…
So boy, got to college, the rodeo forget…
Or some day you will find that you’re… rode hard and put up wet.