One of the Last True Cowboy Tunes
Alright y'all, I'm gonna slow it down for you a bit this time. "Marlboro Man" is a true cowboy ballad, which is extremely rare nowadays. Don't get me wrong, I like upbeat pop country as much as the next guy, but it's nice to know songs like these are still going strong today.
The slow drawn out steel guitar notes make you feel a hint of sadness throughout the song, and the vocals make you instantly think of the "marlboro man" in your life. The story follows a man who was most likely quite a troubadour in his young years, but is now older and has to deal with regrets and his inner demons. Through kindness and forgiveness, the Marlboro Man is able to tackle his struggles and right his wrongs, and finally is laid to rest with a smile on his face.
I know this song sounds sad and depressing (and it can be), but it's also really fun to listen to and makes me remember family and friends (my grandpa is a marlboro man if I've ever seen one). So, before you judge the song, go take a listen and tell me what you think.