TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS

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TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS
“Tumbling Tumbleweeds” is a song composed by Bob Nolan, one of the founding
members of the Sons of the Pioneers. Although one of the most famous songs associated
with cowboys, the song was composed by Nolan back in the 1930s while he was working
as a caddy and living in Los Angeles. Originally titled “Tumbling Tumble Leaves”, the
song was reworked into the title “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” and into fame with the Gene
Autry film of the same name. The song is featured in an episode of The Odd Couple
TV show and it is also used at the start of the film The Big Lebowski” while the camera
follows a tumbleweed rolling into Los Angeles.
I’m a roaming cowboy riding all day long,
Tumbleweeds around me sing their lonely song.
Nights underneath the prairie moon,
I ride along and sing this tune.
See them tumbling down
Pledging their love to the ground
Lonely but free I’ll be found
Drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweeds.
Cares of the past are behind
Nowhere to go but I’ll find
Just where the trail will wind
Drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweeds.
I know when night has gone
That a new world’s born at dawn.
I’ll keep rolling along
Deep in my heart is a song
Here on the range I belong
Drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweeds