Talking Texan

All hat and no cattle.

I got here as fast as I could.

This isn’t my first rodeo.

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All Hat & No Cattle. The phrase’s origins are lost in the fog of time, but it’s right up there with This Isn’t My First Rodeo and I Got Here As Fast As I Could. Former Texas Monthly contributor Anne Dingus wrote All Hat & No Cattle: A Guide for New Texans and All the West of Us in 1999. That must have been a popular year for the phrase because Trace Adkins’ 1999 MORE album that same year featured a song with the same title. His refrain:

All hat and no cattle that boy just ain’t real
All boots and no saddle don’t know how to make a cowgirl feel
Think I’m gonna tell him to pack up his act
And go back where he came from
‘Cause all hat and no cattle ain’t gonna get it done



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