“The Cowboy Rides Away” is a song written by Sonny Throckmorton and Casey Kelly, and recorded by George Strait. It was released in January 1985 as the second single from his album Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind. It peaked at number 5 on the United States Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, and at number 3 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada. It is the song used by Strait to close out his performances.
From the album Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind
B-side “Any Old Time”
Released January 14, 1985
Recorded June 26, 1984
Label MCA 52526
Songwriter(s) Sonny Throckmorton, Casey Kelly
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen & George Strait