Paula Cole - Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? (Official Music Video)
You're watching the official music video for Paula Cole - "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" from the album 'This Fire' (1996).
"Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" is a song by American artist Paula Cole. It was released in March 1997 as the lead single from her second studio album, This Fire. The song is Cole's only top-ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, reaching number eight, and was her first top-ten hit in Canada, where it reached number seven. It is also Cole's only top-forty hit in the United Kingdom to date, reaching number 15 on the UK Singles Chart, and peaked at number 32 in both Australia and New Zealand. The song was also a Grammy success, nominated for three awards, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The song helped Cole become the Best New Artist.
The song traces the stages of a tragic romance. The first two verses explore infatuation and discovery; a bridge expresses disillusionment, and a final verse changes to despair. A brief transition and chorus that repeats the song's title follows each verse, and questions the loss of the narrator's idyllic dream of spending her lifetime with a Western-styled hero. The song is written in 4/4 time and maintains a minor key throughout. The verse score is minimalist
The video was directed by Caitlin Felton. It is simple, primarily featuring Cole in the foreground singing or posing for the camera, while her band plays in the background. These shots are augmented by various shadowy or obscure images of people walking, sitting at a table, sitting in a car and riding a horse. There are several points where the video looks grainy, adding to the effect of the song.
The video was nominated for Best Female Video at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, losing to Jewel's "You Were Meant for Me".