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Thread #110176 Message #2703906
Posted By: Genie
19-Aug-09 - 01:45 PM
Thread Name: Origins/Add Verses: Cool Water (Bob Nolan)
Subject: RE: Origins/Add Verses: Cool Water (Bob Nolan)
I'm wondering when the last verse ("Dan's feet are sore ... ") was added.
Presumably that verse is also by Bob Nolan, but I DK if it was part of the original song and just left off of the original Sons Of Pioneers recording.
The song was written by Nolan 5 years before the 1941 SOP recording, and it was recorded by Dude Martin that year (1936).
Also, Wikipedia and other sites currently describe Dan as a "mule."
I've always assumed he was a horse - probably because so many horses were named "Dan" -- but do we really know what sort of animal Nolan conceived him to be?
Apparently Joni Mitchell (and maybe others who covered this song) rewrote some of the lyrics. I wonder if those alternative lyrics you remember were the work of Joni or another artist who modified Nolan's original ones.
FWIW, here is a partial list of recordings of "Cool Water:
Dude Martin - 1936
The Sons Of The Pioneers - 1941
Bob Nolan & The Sons of the Pioneers (feat. in the film "Along The Navajo Trail") - 1945
Jimmy Wakely & The Riders Of The Purple Sage (featured in the film "Saddle Serenade") - 1945
Bob Nolan & The Sons of the Pioneers (featured in the film "Ding Dong Williams") - 1946
Wesley Tuttle - 1947
Vaughan Monroe & The Sons Of The Pioneers - 1948
Nellie Lutcher - 1948
Jimmy Wakely (feat. in the film "Brand Of Fear") - 1949
Gene Autry - 1950
Billy May & His Orch. (vocal: Bob Morse) - 1953
Polly Bergen - 1958
Kate Smith - 1958
George Melachrino & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1958
Johnnie Ray - 1959
Marty Robbins - 1959
Jack Scott - 1960
The Browns - 1960
Frankie Laine - 1961
Eddy Arnold - 1961
Ramblin' Jack Elliott - 1962
Lorne Greene - 1962
Tex Ritter with Stan Kenton & His Orch. - 1962
Odetta - 1963
Slim Whitman - 1963
Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles - 1963
Hank Snow - 1965
Tom Jones - 1967
Moe Bandy - 1982
Riders In The Sky - 1989
Michael Martin Murphy - 1995
Also recorded by:
Bill Black's Combo
Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
Tennessee Ernie Ford
Norman Luboff Choir
Boston Pops Orch.
I think Tex Ritter's recording is the one that stands out in my mind (in addition to the Sons Of The Pioneers).