Gene Autry’s Cowboy Code

Autry created the Cowboy Code or Cowboy Commandments in response to his young radio listeners aspiring to be just like Gene. I used to play keyboards for Roy Rogers Jr. – see Roy Rogers and Gene Autry had a friendly rivalry between them, all in good fun. But I’d bet my saddle that Roy would agree with this list too.

1. The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage.

2. He must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him.

3. He must always tell the truth.

4. He must be gentle with children, the elderly, and animals.

5. He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas.

6. He must help people in distress.

7. He must be a good worker.

8. He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action, and personal habits.

9. He must respect women, parents, and his nation’s laws.

10. The Cowboy is a patriot.

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