Song Lyric Sunday | “Cowboys to Girls” – The Intruders

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Cowboy/Gun/Hat/Horse/Western.


Looks like I’m stuck in the 60s this week! 😀

“It’s a story. Little kids grow up, and they’re beating the girls up, pulling their hair – they don’t treat them tenderly. Then all of the sudden they realize that girls are made for kissing. And the girls go from baby dolls to boys. We were trying to write lyrics that were different, take a different angle and be as clever as possible, ” is what Leon Huff said about one of the songs he co-wrote with partner, Kenny Gamble.

Cowboys to Girls, recorded by R&B group, The Intruders in 1967, was a crossover hit becoming the group’s first Top 40 single.

A Top 10 smash on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #6, Cowboys to Girls was the biggest hit of The Intruders’ career.


  • Cowboys to Girls was also The Intruders’ only number one song on the R&B singles chart.
  • Gamble and Huff were constantly writing down ideas for songs, and often started with a title, which they also did for Cowboys to Girls.
  • The Intruders were the first band Gamble and Huff recorded on their own label, and the success of this helped them launch the Philadelphia International label, where they wrote and produced songs for Billy Paul, The O’Jays, and Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes.

The video is from… a Sooouuul Train performance! 😀


See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for Nesie’s Place!


Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

Cowboys to Girls

9 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday | “Cowboys to Girls” – The Intruders

  1. This song is so pertinent as just about every boy starts out playing cowboys and then turns to liking girl more when they grow up. I remember hearing this when I was young, but I never p0aid any attention to the lyrics. Thanks for sharing this today Felicia.

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