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!

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! 


The Colorado Trail song, a Cowboy love poem


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

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!


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

Acoustic guitar strings notes for Colorado Trail


Download acoustic guitar strings notes 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

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...

More Folk & Traditional Songs

Ae Fond Kiss - not strictly a folk melody, but it is old - and very lovely!

Ash Grove - an elegant melody that sounds more classical than folk, the lyrics are old-fashioned and poignant

Cat Came Back (for early singers) - a fun and silly song that can be pared down to JUST 5 NOTES for kids who have trouble matching pitch, there is much repetition in the melody (good for finding pitches)

Colorado Trail - a genuine cowboy song, just one verse, surprisingly lovely

Down by the Salley Gardens - this pretty song from England is a setting for a poem by William Butler Yeats about trying to hurry love

Erie Canal - a vigorous minor melody that kids like, with lots of repeating phrases

Green Bushes - a fast, light, pretty melody that speaks of false-hearted love, and feels very "English" in both lyrics and chord progressions

Grenadier and the Lady - Number One with me!  So beautiful, somewhat sad. Lots of opportunities for expressive singing.

Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier - Lovely.  Important for breath control and learning to mold a phrase.

Lavender's Blue, a pretty song that is VERY simple to sing!  Perfect for young girls.

Loch Lomond, the most famous song of all from Scotland.  Still beautiful.

Mari's Wedding - lots of energy in this Scottish tune, which sounds great with guitar and fiddle backup

The Minstrel Boy - though rather difficult with its long phrases, this Irish song about the love for one's country is very moving and beautiful

Molly Bawn - So sad, but so IRRESISTIBLE.  Lovely and evocative, and requiring good air support, it is educational as well as being satisfying to the musical soul.

Muss i denn or Abschied (Wooden Heart) - from Germany by way of Elvis, an adorable folk tune!

Once I Had a Sweetheart - another sad, pretty, and image-arousing song, once sung by Joan Baez

Parting Glass - There are many versions of this GREAT Irish melody.  Download mine free, then check out others!

Scarborough Fair - an old favorite from England, still lovely

She Moved Through the Fair - a strange, shifting melody, with almost creepy lyrics that will haunt you

Shenandoah - So pretty, and genuinely American.  Long phrases, good breath control practice.

Skye Boat Song - a singable old Scottish song with a great tune about the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie after the Battle of Culloden

Spanish Ladies - a minor key sea chanty that swings energetically along - boys like singing it too!

The Spanish Lady - Upbeat and energetic, this song is fun to perform with a group.

Star of the County Down - LOTS of fun to sing and play!  An excellent ensemble piece.

Waltzing Matilda - an unusually pretty melody from Australia; you know this one!  Very popular with kids.

The Water is Wide - a very pretty song about disappointed love.  You might have sung this one in high school!

White, Orange and Green - though not widely known, this charming melody about fighting for the right to carry the flag of Ireland has stirring lyrics and soaring phrases. A favorite of my vocal & guitar students.




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