Video Review: Paula Cole “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?”

In silhouette, a twentysomething walks in the forest. A twentysomething woman sits in the backseat of a car. Paula Cole dances in the forest as her band plays around her. The twentysomething woman puts her hand on a dusty window. Back in silhouette, the twentysomething man rides a horse.

The twentysomething woman rests her head on the table. A person turns around a black-and-white photograph of a thirtysomething man holding an infant. The twentysomething man lifts up a dirty white dress lying on the ground and drags it. A jar hangs in the tree. A 10-year-old girl walks barefoot in the hallway. The twentysomething man leads his horse in the forest. Against a mossy backdrop, Cole continues to dance. She drops some several pages of paper.

Rating: 3.5/5

The twentysomething woman reads a bedtime story to her 5-year-old girl. The 5-year-old girl points to the drawing and says she likes the bunny and wants to hear it again. The twentysomething woman kisses her on the forehead and tells her it’s time for bed. She lies in bed, staring at the ceiling while the twentysomething man snores next to her. The 5-year-old girl hops into bed and says she doesn’t want to be by herself. The twentysomething woman glances over at the twentysomething man. She picks up the 5-year-old girl and tells her she has to sleep.

The twentysomething man waves goodbye as he leaves for his afternoon shift at the store. She picks up the beer cans throughout the house. Her mom had asked her if she was all right. She told her it was stress. They were living from paycheck to paycheck. It was just hard somedays. Her mom said she and the kids could stay over for a couple days if she wanted.

Her 12-year-old  girl stuffs the paycheck in her pocket. She says she’ll put it in her hiding place. The now-fortysomething woman advises her to change spots. She thinks Dad is catching on. The now-fortysomething man returns home and says he needs money. The 12-year-old girl stuffs her hands in her pockets. He yells at the 12-year-old girl. The 12-year-old girl runs to her room and slams the door. The now-fortysomething woman presses her hand on the fortysomething man’s chest. Gritting her teeth, she tells him he’s not going anywhere. The fortysomething man passes out on the floor. She knocks on the 12-year-old girl’s door and tells her to run to the bank right now.

Director: Caitlin Felton Year: 1997

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine . Fevers of the Mind, and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology.