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Ne Ha Ne

(Bob Nolan)


Long ago, twas here, I know,

Lived the fairest Indian maid.

Daughter of a chieftain brave,

Here beside the lake she stayed.

Far and near,

The waters clear,

Blessed her from their deep domain.

Blessed her with this lovely name


Ne Ha Ne,

It must be she is heavens daughter

For her eyes and the skies

Form the lakes clear water.

Sunlight plays, dancing rays

While the ripples bless her

On the shore evermore

Where the waves caress her.


Far along the shimmering shoal,

The shallow waters clear

Echo to her lovely voice

As she is drawing near.


See her smile, all the while,

For the sunbeams taught her

To be gay all the way.

Ne Ha Ne, Clear Water.


Photo: Calin Coburn Collection


        It is related that Ne Ha Ne was written by Nolan in honor of the small daughter of Chief White Eagle of the Cherokee tribe. The colorful words tell of the comparison of the little girl, Ne Ha Ne (Clear Water) to the many beauties to be found in nature. It was never commercially released." (Griffis, Ken, liner notes to JEMF 102)

        "Several letters have requested the history of my song, Ne Ha Ne. Well, we'll try to tell a little bit about it right now.  From western Canada down to Mexico - with quite a few zigzags, of course - I spent most of my early life in the Indian country. Most of my schooling came in Arizona and there I began to study the history and traditions of Indian tribes; their legends and the tribal stories of our first Americans. And there, also, was born the melodic soul of Ne Ha Ne, Princess Clear Water, the Indian girl whose spirit still lives in the echoes of the lake. An Indian tribe in Arizona told me her legend - how the lake, jealous of the laughter in her voice, took her from the side of the Indian brave who loved her many moons ago. And now the ripples of the lake still sing her song and the echo of her magic voice is in each wave." (Bob Nolan)

         The song was registered for copyright on August 8, 1942. Sheet music was published by American Music, Inc., in 1942.

        The Sons of the Pioneers recorded the song for the 1940 Orthacoustic Radio Transcriptions and again for the Dr. Pepper 10-2-4 radio program. The Orthacoustic recording was also used in the Teleways Radio Transcriptions. In 1946, a new recording was made with Roy Rogers for the Republic film "Under Nevada Skies".



1940 Orthacoustic Transcription (Lloyd Perryman vocal)

Dr. Pepper's 10-2-4 (1944 07 07 radio program (Lloyd Perryman vocal)

1946 Under Nevada Skies soundtrack (Roy Rogers vocal)

Smokey the Bear radio transcription (Lloyd Perryman vocal)

Robert Wagoner


Chords courtesy of Carlos Fiorelli



1942 Sheet music


Cue sheet courtesy of Eric van Hamersveld


Chords courtesy of Carlos Fiorelli


Chords courtesy of Carlos Fiorelli




Orthacoustic "Symphonies of the Sage" (064352)

10-2-4 Ranch

    #155 10-2-4 Ranch Show Date: 01/13/43 (01)
    #173 10-2-4 Ranch Show Date: 02/24/43 (01)
    #196 10-2-4 Ranch Show Date:04/19/43 (01)
    #387 10-2-4 Time Show Date:07/07/44 (63934-02)
    #483 10-2-4 Time Show Date: 02/16/45 (37693-01)

Teleways Transcriptions: #42-108-125-151-195-241

Lucky U programs courtesy of Larry Hopper:

    23 November 1951. Transcription Disc TR-113, 114
    22 January 1952. Transcription Disc TR-206, 207
    21 November 1952. Transcription Disc TR-573, 574

Smokey the Bear

    1955: Show #12

   1959: Show #2