Colorado Trail Song

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
The Colorado Trail song, a Cowboy love poem

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:

Country music duets for cowboy poem, The Colorado Trail, FREE!


Acoustic guitar strings notes for Colorado Trail

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!"    

And so it is with Colorado Trail...





The links to the piano arrangement:


Download Colorado Trail song in the key of A

Download free piano tablature in the key of C

Download free piano sheets online in the key of D

Download sheet music for piano free in the key of Eb

Piano music download in the key of F

Download free piano sheetmusic in the key of G


The links to the duet arrangements:


Download free duets in the key of Bb

Download country music duets in the key of C

Download duet songs in the key of D

Download duet music in the key of Eb

Free download notes for Cowboy song in F

Download a country duet in the key of G


The links for the guitar tabs and chords arrangement:


Download acoustic guitar strings notes and tabs for Colorado Trail key of A

Free download notes for Colorado Trail key of C

Download Cowboy guitar tabs in the key of D

Download free Cowboy lyrics in the key of G












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