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In the two renditions of the following song, Nolan worked with his favorite theme Ė traveling, always moving on. No sweetheart was necessary for the first but she had a prominent place in the second.

 

Trav'ling' with the Sun (1st)

(Bob Nolan)

 

Some folks long for the busy throng and the noise as they hurry by,

But all I want is somewhere to go and a sun in the clear blue sky.

 

Refrain:

For he makes the shady nooks where I can lie and dream

He dances on the ripples of a lazy little stream.

Heís a vagabond at heart, may our friendship never part

For Iím happy when Iím traveling with the sun.

When evening comes I know he isnít far from here.

Heís just beyond the other side of somewhere near

But heíll be back at dawn and together weíll roll on

For Iím happy when Iím traveling with the sun.

Give me the open road, a song to sing,

The sun above and everything is happy in this world of mine.

Where he goes Iím right behind him for he beckons me

To follow where he leads me to the open sea.

Heís a king and so am IóI own the earth, he owns the sky 

And Iím happy when Iím traveling with the sun.

 

The first rendition was the one the Sons of the Pioneers recorded for the 1935 05 Standard Radio Transcriptions in March, 1935. He was still drawing on his own preferred lifestyle and his songs were from the heart, not made for the movies. A year later, he changed the words slightly for the sheet music that was included in the Sons of the Pioneers' first songbook, "The Sons of the Pioneers Song Folio No. 1", 1936,© by AMERICAN MUSIC, INC. the song was registered for copyright on March 16, 1936. The only recording by the Sons of the Pioneers was a transcription made for Standard Radio.

 

 

Trav'ling' with the Sun (2nd)

(Bob Nolan)

 

Some folks long for the busy throng and the noise as they hurry by,

But all I want is somewhere to go and a sun in the clear blue sky.

 

Refrain:

For he makes the shady nooks where I can lie and dream

Of you, my dear, and watch him dance along a lazy stream.

Heís a vagabond at heart, may our friendship never part

For Iím happy when Iím travíling with the sun.

When eveniní comes I know he isnít far from here.

Heís just beyond the other side of somewhere near

But heíll be back at dawn and together weíll roll on

For Iím happy when Iím travíliní with the sun.

Give me the open road, a song to sing,

The sun above and you to bring the joy of living to this world of mine.

Where he goes Iím right behind him for he beckons me

To follow where he leads me to the open sea.

Heís a king and so am IóI own the earth, he owns the sky

And Iím happy when Iím traveling with the sun.

 

Recording (Standard Radio Transcription #2570)

 

        15 years later, Bob expanded his phrase, "the other side of somewhere" (at the end of the 6th line of the chorus), into a song of the same name. Also note that Bob refers to the sun as "he". To him, all the elements of nature were masculine because he believed that nature was God.

        In the first three images below, we see how Bob drew on the help of friends to write his lyrics down for him. He was always embarrassed by his lack of spelling ability.

 

 

 

 

 

"The Sons of the Pioneers Song Folio No. 1", 1936,© by AMERICAN MUSIC, INC.