Echoes from the Hills
Sometimes I wonder why I had to roam.
Somehow, my thoughts are trav’lin’ way back home.
I miss the hills, the old folks
And my little sister, Lou.
I wonder if they miss me, too?
I’m a long way from home and that blue mountain dome
Still I hear the echoes from the hills.
And there’s sweet Lillie Belle, my little hillbilly gal,
Callin’ in the echoes from the hills.
When I left my pappy said, “Now don’t do nothin’ wrong.”
I recall my mammy sayin’, “Sonny, don’t be long,”
So I know that someday I’ll be wendin’ my way
Back among the echoes from the hills.
Sometimes, when twilight steals across the blue,
Someone is strolling down the path we knew.
From an echo in the hills,
A message comes to me.
I know it’s there that I should be.
The first commercial recording of this song by the Sons of the Pioneers was for Decca on October 9, 1935, but earlier that year the Pioneers had recorded it for the Standard Radio Transcriptions (from which they made very little money). The sheet music was first printed in "The Sons of the Pioneers Song Folio No. 1", Copyright 1936 by CROSS & WINGE INC. Bob dusted the song off in 1939 and the Pioneers sang it in Columbia's "The Thundering West", a Charles Starrett picture.
Click on any of the following links to see how the song remained much the same over 20 years:
TRANSCRIPTIONS with "Echoes from the Hills"
"The Sons of the Pioneers Song Folio No. 1", Copyright 1936 by CROSS & WINGE INC.
Chords courtesy of Carlos Fiorelli
NBC Thesaurus LPT 372 courtesy of Wallace Smith
Teleways Transcriptions: #89-134-214
13 December 1951. Transcription
Disc TR-143, 144
Smokey the Bear 1955 Show #1