Out in the west where skies are blue,
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.
1940 Orthacoustic "Symphonies of the Sage" (Lloyd Perryman vocal)
NBC Thesaurus (Lloyd Perryman vocal)
1944 03 10 "10-2-4 Ranch" (Martha Mears vocal)
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.
p. 44 Bob Nolanís Folio of Original Cowboy Classics No. 2", © 1940 by AMERICAN MUSIC, INC.
Chords courtesy of Carlos Fiorelli
Orthacoustic "Symphonies of the Sage (064412)
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