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Shadows of the Wildwood

(Bob Nolan)

 

Out in the west where skies are blue,
A tiny spot I knew
Is calling from the shadows of the wildwood.
And thereís an ivy-covered shack.
A wishing well in back
Is hidden in the shadows of the wildwood.
There in the window is a candlelight shining, you see,
And by the fireside a true heart is pining for me.
There I will live forevermore.
An angel by the door
Is waiting in the shadows of the wildwood.
 
There in the window is a candlelight shining, you see,
And by the fireside a true heart is pining for me.
There I will live forevermore.
An angel by the door
Is waiting in the shadows of the wildwood.
 
(Bob wrote an unrecorded introductory verse as well: )
 
Longing, longing, dreams come thronging,
Old songs fill the air.
Singing, ringing, twilightís bringing
Thoughts I can hardly bear.

 

 

                             Bob's "wildwood" at the perimeters of his grandparents' homestead. Photo courtesy of Marsha Boyd Mitchell.

 

       The above words were taken directly from "Bob Nolanís Folio of Original Cowboy Classics No. 2", © 1940 by AMERICAN MUSIC, INC. "Shadows of the Wildwood" was originally written as a poem, recalling the days he spent as a child in rural New Brunswick, Canada, on his grandparents' homestead. He was a lonely, solitary child and every minute he could spare from his chores, he spent in the bush he called his "wildwood". The late Elsie Boyd, a distant relative of Bob's and a longtime neighbour of his grandparents, remembered exactly where the old well stood on the farm.

         The song was recorded in 1940 for the Orthacoustic "Symphonies of the Sage" and then in 1943 by Martha Mears when the Pioneers were part of her 10-2-4 Ranch radio program for Dr. Pepper. In the latter, Martha sings the song as a solo, changing the words somewhat to reflect the feelings of the servicemen away from home during WWII.

          A copy of the lyrics was found in Bob Nolan's repertoire box. "Shadows of the Wildwood" was registered for copyright on March 30, 1940.

 

Recordings:

1940 Orthacoustic "Symphonies of the Sage" (Lloyd Perryman vocal)

NBC Thesaurus (Lloyd Perryman vocal)

1944 03 10 "10-2-4 Ranch" (Martha Mears vocal)

 

Chords courtesy of Carlos Fiorelli

 

TRANSCRIPTIONS

 

The old well Bob remembered as a wishing well stood near this tree in Hatfield Point, New Brunswick, Canada.

Photo courtesy of Marsha Boyd Mitchell.

 

A copy of the lyrics was found in Bob Nolan's repertoire box.

 

p. 44 Bob Nolanís Folio of Original Cowboy Classics No. 2", © 1940 by AMERICAN MUSIC, INC.

 

Chords courtesy of Carlos Fiorelli

 

TRANSCRIPTIONS

Orthacoustic "Symphonies of the Sage (064412)

10-2-4 Ranch

    #170 10-2-4 Ranch Show Date: 02/17/43 (02)
    #336 10-2-4 Ranch Show Date: 03/10/44 (06)