Carrie Underwood‘s certified gold “Cowboy Casanova” remains one of the great Mr. Wrong anthems of country music history. It’s a sassy, boot-stompin’ single that inspired every female listener to ignore the seductive trouble at the end of the bar. And it was a perfect follow-up to her raging “Before He Cheats.” Here we take a look back at the anatomy of the hit, what she claims it wasn’t about, and its incredible music video.
“Cowboy Casanova” is just one of those songs. Every American woman who’d ever been in a bar immediately related to it. All of us have had the situation where you know the guy giving you eyes is trouble, but you can’t help but want it. It’s that age-old battle between what your mind tells you and your heart desires (well, maybe a slightly less romantic part of you than your heart). And the heavy drums and upbeat tempo perfectly set the mood.
The song was released as part of Underwood’s third studio album, Play On, released in late 2009. That album went on to become 3x RIAA certified platinum. And when “Cowboy Casanova” was released, everyone wondered who the song’s mysterious Mr. Wrong represented. After all, Underwood helped pen the hit.
When “Cowboy Casanova” hit the airwaves, fans and critics alike immediately began to speculate if the song was about a real person. And the person in question? Underwood‘s ex-boyfriend, Dallas Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo. Two years before the song released, the pair dated briefly. But Underwood was adamant that the song was not about Romo.
In an interview with Us Weekly she said, “No, I would never immortalize a guy that did me wrong. I would never give him that much credit.”
Part of what makes the track spectacular is the video. It’s one of the only videos that took two days to shoot, which isn’t surprising when you see the number of dancers and costume changes. It’s an extremely cool blend of dancehall line dancing, but with historical costumes that pay homage to everything from the Old West to flappers. And Mr. Wrong is that dark figure in black you can’t quite make out–but you know exactly the type he is.
Underwood‘s love life has obviously taken off since her Romo days. Now married with a toddler, it doesn’t seem like a song that would fit well for her now. But she wrote it before she was engaged, so it was a perfect song for an unmarried girl who’d been looking for love. And “Cowboy Casanova” remains that now.
You can check out the amazing video below.