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Rise and Shine

(Bob Nolan)

 

Why was I born a cowboy?

Why did it happen to me?

I work all day and I work all night,

Have I got misery!

 

 Now, for instance, take the grizzly bearÖ

He donít do a doggone thing.

He goes to bed in the fall of the year

And he donít wake up till spring.

 

Come on, you lazy cowboy,

Rise and shine!

Another day, a dollarís pay

And everything looks fine.

Thereís work to do a plenty, too,

Rise and shine.

So get out of the hay and welcome the day,

Rise and shine!

 

Over on the hill the sun is shininí with a twinkle in his eye.

Over on the hill the cattleís graziní.

The dogies cry for you and I.

Come on, you lazy cowboy,

Rise and shine.

If you want to be fed, get out of that bed,

Rise and shine!

 

 

                                    Photo courtesy of the Roy Rogers Family Trust and John Fullerton

 

        Many's the child was roused in the morning by this lively song over the years but, for some inexplicable reason, it was never commercially recorded although the Sons of the Pioneers used it in their early radio transcriptions.

        Bob apparently used it in the 1939 Columbia film "Texas Stampede" when Tim Spencer had left the Sons of the Pioneers and Bob had the full responsibility of every song in the Columbia movies for about a year. The films were produced so close together that Bob said he had 4 or 5 songs in progress all at the same time.

        It was registered for copyright on March 30, 1940, and the sheet music was included in "Bob Nolanís Folio of Original Cowboy Classics No. 2", © 1940 by AMERICAN MUSIC, INC. It was a perfect vehicle for that "Pioneer of Comedy", Pat Brady.

 

Recordings:

Orthacoustic "Symphonies of the Sage"

NBC Thesaurus

 

TRANSCRIPTIONS

 

"Bob Nolanís Folio of Original Cowboy Classics No. 2", © 1940 by AMERICAN MUSIC, INC.

 

 

TRANSCRIPTIONS

Orthacoustic "Symphonies of the Sage" (064053)

Teleways Transcriptions: #43-96-148-253