"Cowboy Casanova" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Country belter takes womanizer to task but keeps it clean.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 11 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

While the womanizing-guy theme doesn't send a great message about the way men behave in relationships, at least Underwood advises girls to steer clear of him.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Underwood has managed not to let her mega-star status affect her clean image, largely avoiding the questionable behavior that lands other young stars in the tabloids. In this song, she's calling the shots -- but why would anyone fall for a womanizer anyway?

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One mention of a guy being "like a drug" to which you can get "addicted."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that though this song is about a guy who plays the field, it's pretty harmless overall, including no swearing, sex talk, or other adult themes beyond a single reference to the guy being like a love drug to which girls get addicted. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17-year-old Written by17camcam November 23, 2009

kids that are 9 and up

i Love it because it tells us girls that there are guys out there that we need to worry and watch out for
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat January 22, 2021
Teen, 13 years old Written byi'mbeautiful January 8, 2016

Good sound and cool

carrie underwood is amazing she explains what adults go through or teens in life.

What's the story?

Among the most successful American Idol alums of all time, country-music powerhouse Carrie Underwood offers a command performance on COWBOY CASANOVA. The first cut from her upcoming album Play On, this song warns women away from an irresistable yet ultimately bad guy -- a \"cool drink of water\" who's actually a \"devil in disguise\" that will \"mess with your mind\" and \"tell you anything you wanna hear.\" Despite this downbeat theme, the lyrics generally adhere to Underwood's clean image by omitting foul language or graphic descriptions, aside from one reference to the guy being \"like a drug\" to which girls can get \"addicted.\"

Is it any good?

"Cowboy Casanova" has all the makings of a country hit: Underwood's knock-out vocals, lots of slide guitar, and old-time fiddle. That said, it's no great feat of songwriting prowess, falling back on common country-music themes and arrangements that make the song a far cry from classics-material.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Why have some American Idol contestants like Carrie Underwood continued to lead model lives after experiencing huge success, while others have become mired in controversy?

  • What are the best ways to avoid getting mixed-up with someone whom you know isn't good for you?

Music details

  • Artist: Carrie Underwood
  • Release date: September 14, 2009
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Arista
  • Genre: Country
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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