Where the bighorns are a’ grazing

The Killers’ sixth annual Christmas song, “The Cowboy’s Christmas Ball,” is out. The video for last year’s had Brandon Flowers singing atop a tall downtown Las Vegas building with a stunning twilight skyline behind him. The lyrics for this one celebrate the rest of the Silver State. “Way out in old Nevada // where the Truckee’s waters flow,” the tune begins in an echo of the state song. Unlike last year’s Flamingo-ish number, this time it’s a full four-for-four Killers production that’s come out of their Battle Born Studio. It’s a cheerful piece that should add a smile to everyone’s Christmas. Enjoy.

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About John Mansfield

Mansfield in the desertA third-generation southern Nevadan, I have lived in exile most of my life in such places as Los Alamos, Baltimore, Los Angeles, the western suburbs of Detroit, and currently the northern suburbs of Washington, D.C. I work as a fluid dynamics engineer. I was baptized at age twelve in the font of the Las Vegas Nevada Central Stake Center, and on my nineteenth birthday I received the endowment in the St. George Temple. I served as a missionary mostly in the Patagonia of Argentina from 1985 to 1987. My true calling in the Church seems to be working with Cub Scouts, whom I have served in different capacities in four states most years since 1992. (My oldest boy turned eight in 2004.) I also currently teach Sunday School to the thirteen-year-olds. I hold degrees from two universities named for men who died in the 1870s, the Brigham Young University and the Johns Hopkins University. My wife is Elizabeth Pack Mansfield, who comes from New Mexico's north central mountains and studied molecular biology at the same two schools I attended. We have four sons, whose care and admonition, along with care of my aged father, require much of Elizabeth's time. She currently serves the Church as Mia-Maid advisor, ward music chairman, and choir director, and plays violin whenever she can. One day, I would like to make shoes.

5 thoughts on “Where the bighorns are a’ grazing

  1. That was fun. Thanks to you, John M, I am not completely lame when it comes to modern music and have something to discuss with my teenage daughters. I even own one of the Killers’ CDs. So it’s all good.

  2. The lyrics come from an 1890 poem that originally began “‘Way out in Western Texas, where the Clear Fork’s waters flow.” The Killers transposition improves it mightily. After listening, my son went to the piano to plunk out the tune; I think we’ll have some fun with it.

  3. This is one reason I love the Killers. Where all the other music artists sing the classic Christmas songs for a quick buck, the Killers come up with their own. And I laughed my head off with the robot doing the robot!

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