Cody Johnson Reveals Why He Released ‘Dear Rodeo’ With Reba McEntire

by Kayla Zadel
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Cody Johnson and Reba McEntire continue their intimate conversation about the song that relates to both of their pasts.

This is the second-time Johnson is releasing the song “Dear Rodeo.” However, this time around he’s bringing country superstar, Reba, along for the ride. The Texas Country singer explains his decision to re-release the song.

“I really think it’s important for me to say that it was because of my fans saying at meet-and-greets ‘hey this song changed my life. I wanted to play baseball and I had Tommy John surgery, you know, I had to go to drug rehab because it messed me up so bad and I heard this song and it changed my life’,” Johnson explains to Reba.

CoJo continues to say that it’s a bigger picture that they’re talking about. He feels that the song needed to be heard again.

Cody Johnson and Reba McEntire’s Song is About More Than Rodeo

The title of the song might be deceiving when it comes to Johnson’s and McEntire’s “Dear Rodeo.” Yes the lyrics talk about the rodeo lifestyle, but there’s so much more to it.

“So dear rodeo / I tried like hell to tell myself it was all your fault / I held on tight with all my might, I just couldn’t hang on / And that’s hard to hang your hat on,” verse three reads.

The song shares the story of trying to be so great at something. However, when it doesn’t turn out, you feel like you’ve lost everything.

“‘Tween them almost-had-’ems and broken bones / The dream of a buckle I’ll never put on / I’m jaded, whoa, I hate it / But somehow the highs outweigh the lows / And I’d do it all again even though we both know / I’d still have to let you go,” the two sing in the chorus.

Rodeo is the perfect analogy for the age-old saying of when you fall, just dust yourself off and get back up. Life’s too short to be living it in the rearview mirror. The song talks about acknowledging the fun or success you had and then letting things go and moving on.

Watch the “Dear Rodeo” music video below.

Both Johnson and Reba can relate to the lyrics. As a matter of fact, Reba was a barrel racer but gave up her passion to pursue music.

Johnson on the other hand was a bull rider but decided to take the road to music instead.