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Rocky Roads

(Bob Nolan)

 

Seems that I was born to tote a heavy load
And ride the rocky road forever.
But itís down the rocky road that true friends stand
And travel hand in hand together.

Refrain:
A golden sun in the sky,
A silver cloud rolliní by,
They make me feel like I should be
Where rocky roads are calling me.
I donít know just where Iím bound,
I know I wonít settle down
Just like a seed the wild wind sowed.
Iíll just pack my saddle
And my pony Iíll straddle
And go ridiní down that rocky road.

Guess Iíll be a rover like Iíve always been.
I know it ainít no sin to travel.
Never want a cottage or a kingís abode,
Just let the rocky road unravel.

 


Marco Mazzoni painting

 

 

        Bob Nolan wrote "Rocky Roads" for the film The Thundering West - Columbia / Charles Starrett some time before 1939 01 04 when the movie was registered for copyright. The song itself was registered for copyright on March 16, 1939 and the sheet music was published in "Bob Nolanís Folio of Original Cowboy Classics No. 1", © 1939 by AMERICAN MUSIC, INC.

        Like most of the songs he wrote for the early movies, this one reflects his love of traveling, moving on - something he had done in his late teens and early twenties but now could do only in his imagination. Once he had formed the Sons of the Pioneers, the group had risen to fame so quickly that Bob was tied down for at least 14 years before he retired. This early song is lively and joyous in the spirit of "Happy Cowboy", "Bound for the Rio Grande", "Don't Expect Me Home in the Morning", etc.

 

Recordings:

1940 Orthacoustic Radio Transcriptions

1939 Thundering West soundtrack

Ken Curtis

Lobo Rangers

 

TRANSCRIPTIONS

 

Typed copy of the lyrics from the repertoire box.

 

"Bob Nolanís Folio of Original Cowboy Classics No. 1", © 1939 by AMERICAN MUSIC, INC

Trail of the Tumbleweed must have been the pre-release or working title for The Thundering West.

 

TRANSCRIPTIONS

Orthacoustic "Symphonies of the Sage" (064062)

Teleways Transcriptions: #25 and 213

Lucky U programs courtesy of Larry Hopper:

5 February 1952. Transcription Disc TR-226, 227
14 October 1952. Transcription Disc TR-517, 518