Seems that I was born to tote a heavy load
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.
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.
Teleways Transcriptions: #25 and 213
Lucky U programs courtesy of Larry Hopper:
5 February 1952. Transcription Disc TR-226, 227