The Colorado Trail song is a genuine song of the old West.
The simple lyrics make one of the loveliest of cowboy love poems, and the haunting melody has real beauty. This was written by a real cowboy!
On this page, you'll find:
A piano arrangement, in several keys
A vocal duet, also in several keys
And a guitar tabs version in the keys of A, C, D, and G
Please scroll down the page for the links to the free printable music.
The list of piano chords for this Cowboy song is more extensive than you tend to encounter in such a short melody!
You can get away with a more limited choice of chords, but this harmony gives a feeling of movement and depth, of shaping the sound... and of subtle surprise. It's hard to explain - just try the chords out!
Very pretty... but where are the rest of the lyrics? Well, this is one of those SHORT cowboy poems. More lyrics are certainly out there on the internet, but only this first verse is really public domain, so that's the only verse I am posting here.
Now below we've got a country duet, for (most probably) tenor and soprano voices:
The words of this short Cowboy poem remind me of a Middle English poem I first encountered in a college class, short but hauntingly lovely:
'Westron wynde, when wilt thou blow,
The small raine down can raine.
Cryst, if my love were in my armes
And I in my bedde again!'
My professor said, "This poem has EVERYTHING in it - disappointed love, religion, and the WEATHER!"
This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This", available as a digital download, tells the riveting story of the time when Jews in ancient Persia faced a foe named Haman, and how a brave young queen risked her life to save her people.
A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theater production, or a class of children!
This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.
And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!" They will be spending more time at the piano.
Anna Lee: What a fabulous website! I've been a keen amateur piano player since I first learnt 56 years ago at the age of 8.
I now have a three year old granddaughter and am hoping fervently that she'll want to learn - at which point I'll teach her. This is just the kind of resource I'll need to make it comprehensible. Thank you very much.
Kim in Washington: My son is hooked...I've been introducing piano to my son on and off for a year or so, but he's not had much interest. Then I gave him "Monsters Everywhere". He loved playing it with the organ sound on our piano. He memorized it that week and I'm printing off the other Halloween songs to keep him going. I love the detailed instructions on teaching since he is my first student! Thanks so much. Dana: That is so neat that your son has experienced the magic and mystery of music through this little song. That is so exciting to me! Thanks for writing, Kim!
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