Cool Water – Sons Of The Pioneers

May 26, 2022

Bob Nolan wrote “Cool Water” in 1936. “Cool Water” is about a parched man traveling with his mule, passing through a wasteland haunted by mirages. “Cool Water” was chosen as No.3 on the Top 100 Western songs by members of the Writers of America.

“Cool Water” is The Sons of the Pioneers’ famous song. The Sons of the Pioneers is among the first Western singing groups that motivated several artists over the years. Although group members changed, the group remained the country’s longest-serving music group since 1933.

There is more to learn about “Cool Water,” and the information below will be helpful;

Interesting Facts about “Cool Water”

  • “Cool Water” was written by Bob Nolan.
  • Bob Nolan composed several country music and western music songs.
  • Bob Nolan is recognized as an actor and singer in the ranking of Western Films.
  • Bob Nolan wrote “Cool Water” as a poem in high school in Tucson, Arizona.
  • “Cool Water” became a country-western standard within a short period.
  • “Cool Water” became popular over time. The Sons of the Pioneers released this song on the B side with “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” in 1947.
  • “Cool Water” became a Top Ten hit and was recorded with Vaughn Monroe and orchestra, attaining no. 9.
  • “Cool Water” became a BMI award-winning and was welcomed into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1986.
  • Joni Mitchell revised “Cool Water” lyrics, now pleading for the environment.

Lyrics

All day I face the barren waste

Without the taste of water, cool water

Old Dan and I with throats burned dry

And souls that cry for water, cool, clear, water.

Keep a-movin’ Dan don’t ya listen to him Dan

He’s a devil of a man and he spreads the burning sand with water

Dan can you see that big green tree

Where the water’s running free

And it’s waiting there for me and you?

The nights are cool and I’m a fool

Each star’s a pool of water, cool water

But with the dawn I’ll wake and yawn

And carry on to water, cool, clear, water

Keep a-movin’ Dan don’t ya listen to him Dan

He’s a devil of a man and he spreads the burning sand with water

Dan can you see that big green tree

Where the water’s running free

And it’s waiting there for me and you?

The shadows sway and seem to say

Tonight we pray for water, cool, water

And way up there He’ll hear our prayer

And show us where there’s water, cool, clear, water

Keep a-movin’ Dan don’t ya listen to him Dan

He’s a devil of a man and he spreads the burning sand with water

Dan can you see that big green tree

Where the water’s running free

And it’s waiting there for me and you?

Dan’s feet are sore he’s yearning for

Just one thing more than water, cool, water

Like me I guess he’d like to rest

Where there’s no quest for water, cool, clear, water

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1 Comment

  1. MIKE BELL ODESSA TEXAS

    I WAS BORN IN WEST TEXAS IN 1939. I GREW UP CHASING INDIANS AND OUTLAWS AND SINGING ROY ROGERS AND SONS OF THE PIONEERS SONGS & GOING TO SATURDAY MOVIE MATINEES FEATURING ROY & DALE & TRIGGER – SOMETIMES A LESSER COWBOYS NAMED GENE SOMETHING? I THINK A FEW OF YOUR LYRICS ARE INCORRECT. I.E. DONCHA LISTEN TO HIM DAN HE’S A “DEVIL” NOT A MAN, AND ALSO THE END OF THE LINES AREN’T “ME AND YOU”, IT’S “YOU AND ME” SO IT RHYMES. MY BROTHERS AND I HAD A LONG-PLAYING RECORD OF SONS OF THE PIONEERS SONGS – WE COULD SING ‘EM ALL!! THEM WERE THE DAYS!!

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