Watch: Kacey Musgraves performs lovely new ballad 'Space Cowboy' on 'Fallon'
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Country music artist Kacey Musgraves debuted her new song “Space Cowboy” on “The Tonight Show" starring Jimmy Fallon” on Feb. 26. The song is from her upcoming album Golden Hour, which is due out on March 30.

Musgraves looked beautiful in a glittering outfit on "The Tonight Show" stage, accompanied by a seven-piece band. The lovely heartbreak ballad is about the wistful longing for a love lost because he could not be contained. She compares him to a powerful stallion, creating the word imagery of him riding away in his Silverado as the sunset fades.  

"You can have your space, cowboy / I ain't gonna fence you in / Go on, ride away in your Silverado / I'll see you around again / I know my place, and it ain't with you / Sunsets fade, and love does, too / We had our day in the sun / When a horse wants to run, ain't no sense in closing the gate / You can have your space, cowboy."

Musgraves shared the inspiration behind the ballad on Instagram, a copy of which is posted at the end of this article. She related that she was at the barn watching a powerful stallion charging and bucking and galloping. She thought she was safe but her riding teacher warned her to move away, saying “Girl – when they wanna go they will go…there ain’t no point in even shuttin’ the gate."

The words made a mark on Musgraves and she wrote them down. A couple of days later she had written the song with Shane McAnally and Luke Robert.

The singer/songwriter has a new love in husband Ruston Kelly, who she married Oct 14. She has said that Kelly inspired many of the songs on Golden Hour, according to Taste of Country.

Musgraves and Kelly sing the duet “To June This Morning,” a poem written by country music icon Johnny Cash for his wife June Carter Cash. The album, Forever Words: The Unknown Poems will feature poems by Johnny Cash set to music by various artists, including Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Chris Cornell, Elvis Costello, Brad PaisleyJohn Mellencamp, and others.

Kacey Musgraves is touring with Little Big Town and Midland on The Breakers Tour. Later this year, she will be touring with former One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles. Tickets to many of the shows are available on AXS, so click here for tickets


One day I was out at the barn watching this stallion charging powerfully from one end of the arena to the other, bucking and galloping at full speed all alone. Though I was “safe” on the other side of the arena wall, it kinda scared me when he came flying toward me..barely stopping in time. My riding teacher saw him coming at me and yelled at me to move away. I said “I’m fine! The gate is closed!” to which she said, “Girl - when they wanna go they will go...there ain’t no point in even shuttin’ the gate.” It really made a mark on me when she said that and I wrote it down. SPACE COWBOY came a couple days after with @shanemcanally + @lukerobert ✨Make peace with what doesn’t belong. You’ll find something better. Link in bio ✨ (photo by @kellychristinesutton / visual made by @thisreo) FULL ALBUM 3/30

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