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Way Out There

(Bob Nolan)


Sing along with the Sons of the Pioneers


(A trio yodel that sounds just like the old train whistle.)


A lonely spot I know where no man will go

Where the shadows have all the room,

I was ridin’ free on the old S. P., humming a Southern tune

When a man came along, made me hush my song,

Kicked me off away out there.


So I threw down my load in the desert road,

Rested my weary legs.

I watched the sinking sun make the tall shadows run

Out across that barren plain.

Then I hummed a tune to the rising moon.

He gets lonesome ‘way out there.


(Trio yodel.)


So I closed my eyes to the starlit skies,

And I lost myself in dreams.

I dreamed the desert sand was a milk and honey land

Then I woke up with a start.

There’s a train coming back on that one-way track

Gonna take me ‘way from here.


As she was passing by, I caught her on the fly.

I climbed in an open door.

Then I turned around to that desert ground

Saw the spot I will see no more.

As I was riding away, I heard the pale moon say,

 “Farewell, pal, it sure gets lonesome here.”


(Trio yodel.)



NB: Bob wrote at least one more verse to this song:


As she pulled out of sight, I turned to my right,

The left, and everywhere,

But all I could see was a cactus tree

And a prairie dog playing there.

Saw the prairie dog feed on the tumbling weed.

That’s his home away out there.





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