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Wikipedia article

{{Infobox song

| name = Cool Water

| cover =

| written = 1936

| published = 1936 Music of the West/Unichappell Music Inc

| artist = The Sons of the Pioneers

| alt =

| type = single

| album =

| B-side = So Long to the Red River Valley

| released = April 1941

| recorded = March 27, 1941

| studio = Chicago, Illinois

| venue =

| genre = Country (Hillbilly)

| length =

| label = Decca 5939

| writer = Bob Nolan

| composer =

| lyricist =


"'Cool Water'" is a song written in 1936 by Bob Nolan. It is about a parched man and his mule traveling a wasteland tormented by mirages. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as No. 3 on the Top 100 Western songs of all time.

Charting versions

It was first recorded by The Sons of the Pioneers on March 27, 1941, for Decca Records (catalog 5939) and this briefly charted in 1941 with a peak position of No. 25. However, the best-selling recorded version was done by Vaughn Monroe and The Sons of the Pioneers in 1948. The recording was released by RCA Victor as catalog number 20-2923. The record was on the 'Billboard' chart for 13 weeks beginning on August 6, 1948, peaking at No. 9. The Sons of the Pioneers also recorded the song without Monroe, again for RCA Victor.

Frankie Laine and The Mellomen took it to No. 2 on the British charts in 1955.

Film appearances

*1945 'Along the Navajo Trail' - sung by Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers.

*1945 'Saddle Serenade' - performed by Jimmy Wakely and the Riders of the Purple Sage

*1946 'Ding Dong Williams' performed by Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers.

*2011 'Rango' - performed by Hank Williams.

*2014 'Lost River' - sung by Ben Mendelsohn with music by Johnny Jewel

*2018 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' - sung by Tim Blake Nelson


;Frankie Laine version


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