Tags : | Folk | 6.59 MB | Has Lyrics

Description : I always wanted to write a cowboy folk song, something that would have been sung by a western settler as he explored the wild west. So come and join me as I sit next to a roaring fire, crickets chirping in the background and sing along if you want to. I only used the campfire sound effect in the third verse, I couldn't find a great campfire effect so I used it enough to give the effect without it being too annoying and taking away from the song.

I used the classical guitar this time for some strumming, a little mandolin and some harmonica and some sounds of nature to add to the feel of sitting around a campfire. I sing the lead and backup vocals.

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  1. paulconibear
    paulconibear on Sun 25th Feb 2018 - 2 years ago

    Great song mate love the feel ive played in country bands and this os a classic i will try and put it into a surf vid i am putting together here is a link to my you tube page and one of my vids thans for the song https://youtu.be/H6cfWxGkiGY

  2. Balance21
    Balance21 on Thu 1st Jun 2017 - 2 years ago


    Reply by theHumps


  3. TexasSlim008
    TexasSlim008 on Thu 28th Jan 2016 - 4 years ago

    I started at the top and worked my way down thinking so much talent such horrible arrangements such awful singing and then this happens. Record it, sell it, the right music the right song for the voices even the coyote being strangled in the background was a beautiful thing. I loved every minute of it please do more. And the crowd went wild, they sang the song for weeks afterwards and bought millions of copies.

    Reply by theHumps

    I appreciate your honesty, I think. ha I like folk music and this was fun to put together. Thanks for listening in!


  4. AleshQ
    AleshQ on Tue 10th Feb 2015 - 5 years ago

    Hi. Can I use it for my video and game?

    Reply by theHumps

    I don't have a problem with you using it as long as you aren't making any money, in other words selling a game with my song in it. If it is just for your personal use I don't have a problem with that. You didn't give any detailed info as to how you intend to use it professionally/commercially/personally so I just want to be clear how you can use it.

    Any further questions contact me through looperman's contact system on my page.

    Thanks, Wayne

  5. FreeRadical
    FreeRadical on Sat 3rd May 2014 - 5 years ago

    I think it would be a great experience to sit around a campfire with you and your guitar (I could bring mine along and play you the same five f***in* tunes i always play when i pick it up lol)
    But back to the tune.....You've put it together brilliantly, you've sang it brilliantly and the lyrics are excellent.
    Do you go out and busk just out of interest? I reckon you'd probably attract quite a crowd if you did. Your stuff is always excellent Wayne. It has a kind of calming effect on me, which is good.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Reply by theHumps

    I think it is a law to have some kind of live instrument with you when you are camping. No need to worry, I have books full of cover songs(well over 500) with their chords and words, we would be playing till the wee hours. hehe

    Looking back at it I think I could even the mix out a bit, soften it a bit. I like the words as well, it's lighthearted and fun, most music should be that way I think.

    I don't busk, never have and never really thought of doing it. I played in a band for years then got right into home recording. It's been nothing but lots of live shows and work on the computer.

    Thanks again!

  6. SpellJammer
    SpellJammer on Thu 7th Nov 2013 - 6 years ago

    Wow, brilliant track Wayne. Has a real Johnny Cash feel and that Harmonica and guitar work is just superb. thank you for sharing.

    Reply by theHumps

    Thanks for swinging by, like the Cash reference!


  7. Burtsbluesboxes
    Burtsbluesboxes on Tue 5th Nov 2013 - 6 years ago

    Freesound for fire samples, This is cool :P Its like sitting by the fire with the settlers. Love folk music! Uh oh thunder storm approaching :O Awesome job on this !! Love it :D

    Reply by theHumps

    Nope, got the samples from Sound Bible but thanks for stopping by. I will check out Freesound though. Thanks for the comments, they are appreciated!


  8. Mykael
    Mykael on Sun 3rd Nov 2013 - 6 years ago

    Hey, Hey! When your voice hits that lower register (definitely your sweet spot), you could be a dead ringer for Johnny Cash. Congrats on such a stellar tune which is very faithful to the genre.

    Love & Light,


    To that other kat who referred to most stuff he's heard here in a derogatory manner...NOT COOL!

    Reply by theHumps

    Hey Mykael, glad you gave this a listen and commented with some nice words! I feel the most comfortable singing low and when I started singing my own songs it took a while to find the proper register. Plus I love Johnny Cash so that made me smile!


  9. Evisma
    Evisma on Fri 1st Nov 2013 - 6 years ago

    Refreshing is the only way I can sum it up. I did not expect to hear something like this on looperman tonight. You made my evening.


    Reply by theHumps

    Thank you Evan for commenting on my track and I'm glad you liked this one!


  10. Kikajon
    Kikajon on Thu 31st Oct 2013 - 6 years ago

    Heeey. Nice to hear you're alive an' kickin'. Sounds good my friend.

    Reply by theHumps

    Thanks pal, glad you liked. Yup, still around, good to see you as well!

  11. OdotZED
    OdotZED on Fri 11th Oct 2013 - 6 years ago

    Man,u done it again! awesome track,feels genuine..production also is great quality..well done man!!

    Reply by theHumps

    Thanks!! Glad you liked!!


  12. PeteTebar
    PeteTebar on Sun 6th Oct 2013 - 6 years ago

    Dude, this is incredible...the production on here is flawless, better than most shit I hear on here (sorry for my french, I don't hold back from showing my true colors, lol).

    You, Tumbleweed, Zappo, Planetjazzbass, MWRatridge, ShortBusMusic are an inspiration to me as well as to others on here. 10/10


    Reply by theHumps

    To be mentioned in that group is an honor, thanks for the great review! I'm finally starting to get some nice productions since switching over to Ableton, appreciate the fact that it's being noticed, thanks!

    Went to your page and you don't have any songs to review. Hope you can post some soon.


  13. DouglasS
    DouglasS on Sun 6th Oct 2013 - 6 years ago

    Hi Wayne,

    This is a fantastic song! From beginning to end you have truly captured an experience that almost everyone I know has had at one time or another in their lives. The guitar work was excellent and the use of the (Mandolin?) gave it that traditional folk song.

    Reply by theHumps

    Glad you liked it. Appreciate the nice comments and yes, that is a mandolin.



  14. deciBel
    deciBel on Thu 19th Sep 2013 - 6 years ago

    wayne I'm glad to didn't miss this . what a lovely tune & pure .my throughbred friend if U take a look U'll see I haven't played it from site and before listening when I saw U've sung a new one clicked on download,hahaha !graduallY I've underestood not need to first play and listen your trax then download , hahaha , better way is what I know will do that after playing whenever your sung musix are downloadable...thanX for sharing this mastership track wayne.best wishes.____Behnam

    Reply by theHumps

    Hi Benham! Sorry for the late reply, sometimes life gets in the way of music. Hope you are well! Thanks for the very nice compliments and I'm glad you liked the song! Hopefully more singing on the way.


  15. VickyDan
    VickyDan on Thu 12th Sep 2013 - 6 years ago

    Hello Wayne ....

    It lacks the crackle of flame .... to make the illusion compléte.
    But the idea is good, and your realisation, is very "Cow Boys", very realistic Despite everything. I really like ....

    This is an excellent work, and I come you to accompany that if the coffee is hot, and that you have enough blankets, because the nights become fresh ....


    Reply by theHumps

    Hey Dan! Thanks for listening and leaving a comment. I couldn't play the campfire effects loop through the whole song because I couldn't find a great campfire effect loop. I had a few but they didn't sound real. But I found a really great cricket effects loop so that was used through the whole song because it sounded better than the fire loop. I only used the fire cracklin' loop in the third verse, I faded it in an out during the verse.

    Glad you liked it and thanks for stopping by!

  16. brillbilly
    brillbilly on Thu 12th Sep 2013 - 6 years ago

    Now it dont get much more cowboy feeling than this!

    I found myself sat by ya swaying from side to side lol

    This is a real nice feel great track!

    It works so well and it really does sound like something out of a western!!

    loved it...great camp fire too!

    Reply by theHumps

    Thanks, appreciate your comments!


  17. ScottB55
    ScottB55 on Wed 11th Sep 2013 - 6 years ago

    LOL...Brilliant, my friend! You gave me quite a chuckle at 4:45 am. I've already played it 3 times (so I must like it, but don't know why!) Now, every time I try to be creative, I will think of this song.



    Reply by theHumps

    Thanks Scott, glad you liked the song. I love subtle humor in music with lyrics, it's supposed to be fun, isn't it?


  18. ImproveWithError
    ImproveWithError on Tue 10th Sep 2013 - 6 years ago

    Way cool Wayne, I like the out of the box approach to this track!!! Nice to see some creativity and a great all around track that has to be appreciated.


    Reply by theHumps

    Thanks Kyle, appreciate it!

  19. ShortBusMusic
    ShortBusMusic on Tue 10th Sep 2013 - 6 years ago

    Ah Wayne, it looks like that Florida sunshine has helped get the creative juices flowing.....since I was raised in Wyoming and did my share of camping, this one really struck a chord with me.

    There isn't much cowboy folk in this world any more, and for people like me, that is a crying shame. Outstanding work and definitely a must have (thanks for the download).

    Keep doing what you are doing my friend. The world needs more music like this. I hope all is well.


    Reply by theHumps

    Hey my friend, how ya been? Florida and the beautiful weather here is working for me. The medical system leaves something to be desired though. But we've been down that road before.

    I always loved camping and it always involved acoustic instruments. I finally got around to doing this and it came out ok. And I agree, there should be more of this style of music, it's honest and it's real. Story telling, acoustic guitar music, as far as in American music history, is pure and where music got it's roots, it's Americana you could say.

    Thanks for stopping by, take care Bear!


  20. Planetjazzbass
    Planetjazzbass on Tue 10th Sep 2013 - 6 years ago

    Damn!!!...Wayne you know what you've done here don't you...Every other dude,person whatever is wringing their soggy butts out trying to come up with something new and uber cool in their desperate bid for recognition...meanwhile back on the ranch someone has out humped the lot of them,this goes beyond corny,beyond kitsch into the nether regions of classic sitcomesque audio or more correctly as you've coined it Cowboy Folk..pure gold!..anybody that has ever watched a cowboy flick or got the slightest whiff of American folklore will love this..better than anything Roy Rogers put up...we need to get you a horse and all the appropriate regalia!..........................awesome!

    Reply by theHumps

    Well to let you in on a big secret Dave, I was wearing my new assless chaps when I wrote it so I'm getting my costume together one piece at a time and you have to start somewhere. I started at the bottom. lol

    Thanks pal, appreciate the nice words!

  21. domr30
    domr30 on Tue 10th Sep 2013 - 6 years ago

    tres belle musique

    Reply by theHumps



  22. mrwolf14
    mrwolf14 on Mon 9th Sep 2013 - 6 years ago

    My lord! This was awesome!
    I know nothing about the genre, so I cannot judge it in this respect.
    But I liked it a lot! Actually in my mind I figured out a group of hippies camping on their way to a concert, with an old minivan full of stuff... but probably these would be the modern equivalent of cowboys :-)
    And please let me say it... you have a beautiful voice Wayne!
    I am extremely curious to hear you singing something more "rock"... maybe one day!
    Take care,

    Reply by theHumps

    Thank you for the nice compliments, I'm not sure beautiful is how I would describe my voice but thanks! I have a few songs with singing that are more rock/punk.

    Thanks for the listen and review Domenico!


  23. Spivkurl
    Spivkurl on Sun 8th Sep 2013 - 6 years ago

    I noticed you said this was corny, but I find it to be pretty genuine just with a touch of humour, which I'm hoping the settlers had in good measure! Your performances are stunning as usual! Excellent work my friend!

    Reply by theHumps

    Maybe corny isn't the exact word, maybe predictable, stereotypical....maybe genuine I guess, a couple of you mentioned it. I dunno, it was fun to write the words and sing on it.



  24. edzwood
    edzwood on Sat 7th Sep 2013 - 6 years ago

    WOW I loved it! especially in the "looperman" context. This place is 70 % ish hip hop / DJ. So I got a real kick and totally enjoyed your little contemp. cowboy americana ditty.
    thanks for sharing it

    Reply by theHumps

    Thanks for leaving a comment and I'm glad you liked it! There's not too many folk producers around the loop so it's fun to bring something different for people to hear.



  25. Tumbleweed
    Tumbleweed on Sat 7th Sep 2013 - 6 years ago

    Now...thats about as genuine as it gets...I could imagine it as the theme for one of those old black & while westerns where the good guy is also a singer with a guitar..lol...way to go Wayne...much enoyed...I was sitting out on our back deck last night listening to the coyotes past the edge of town...should have been playing this just to complete the mood....Ed

    Reply by theHumps

    Thanks Ed! I remember those old western shows and movies, I was kinda going for that corny stereotyped cowboy western sound. lol

    Thanks again for checking in.


  26. danke
    danke on Sat 7th Sep 2013 - 6 years ago


    We always play in 'western hats" with our band live...we love this 'feeling' :-)
    But no better than the original...
    Hats off... :-)
    Thanx Mr.McWayne

    Reply by theHumps

    Thanks for checking this out, glad to have others around that like this kind of music. Your band sounds cool, good luck!


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We set up our campfire south of the Black Hills
But before we set camp we set up the still
Broke out the canned beans and smoked tobacco
Set up some shelter a cot to lay low
I brought a guitar my friend a mando
With evening approaching the campfire aglow

As dusk turns to darkness wolves howl at night
But it’s not them or coyotes that give me a fright
Scorpions and spiders and snakes like to bite
For me to wake up dead just wouldn’t be right
So we take precautions to sleep safe at night
The campfire’s our beacon our guiding light

We break down the campsite it doesn’t take long
It’s time we moved on and found that next town
We pack up the mess tent beds we break down
Load up the wagon the horses are bound
The last thing we attend to that crackling sound
The campfire our friend we’ve got to put down



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