In the 1940’s, Wilf Carter, a cowboy singer, had a daily fifteen minute program on the radio. “Those were the fastest fifteen minutes of the day” according to my Uncle George. Many of those songs, just like the Ian Tyson ballads, tell stories that describe western men in a heroic light.
As a child, I had the idea that cowboys, men who lived in the West, were rugged, clean-cut, Roy Rogers type guys. Even though engaged in dangerous tasks, they were somehow always clean and invariably polite.