Cool Water
Vaughn Monroe Lyrics

All day I've faced the barren waste
Without the taste of water, cool water
Old Dan and I with throats burned dry
And souls that cry for water, cool, clear water

Keep a-movin', Dan, don't you listen to him, Dan
He's a devil not a man
And he spreads the burning sand with water
Dan can you see that big green tree
Where the water's runnin' free
And it's waiting there for you and me

The nights are cool and I'm a fool
Each star's a pool of water, cool water
But with the dawn I'll wake and yawn
And carry on to water, cool, clear, water

The shadows sway and seem to say
Tonight we pray for water, cool, water
And way up there He'll hear our prayer
And show us where there's water, cool, clear, water

Dan's feet are sore he's yearning for
Just one thing more than water, cool, water
Like me I guess he'd like to rest
Where there's no quest for water, cool, clear, water

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Bob Nolan

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Makes me wonder - had RCA not kept this record on the shelf for three years, would it have become such a big hit? And did this western-themed success in 1948 influence the decision to have Monroe do "Riders in the Sky" a year later?

Sandy Fulton

I remembered this to provide music for our virtual church service at our Water Communion next month.


That was recorded in 1945 and not released until 1948. There was a musician's strike in 1948. So RCA pulled an old unissued master from three years earlier. It was first recorded by Bob Nolan in 1941.

Daniel Arick

I have this record it is from an album from Monroe

Brian Wilson

very odd placement of the big band swing section of the song...kinda ruins the song.

Brian Wilson

@Emmi R I hope he made some money, so many artists got ripped off back then. Like so many other things in life, the music made by harmony and live bands playing while the artist was singing with the band during the recording seems to me to sound so much better than the multi-track recordings and electronic auto tune of the artists voice...this is just good honest-to-goodness music!

Emmi R

I agree with you, and personally, I don't think Mr. Monroe had the appropriate voice or feeling for this song. They should have stuck with Bob Nolan as the soloist for this song; he had the right voice for this particular tune. I'll bet Mr. Nolan made a tidy sum from other people recording his music, though I have to wonder if he might have cringed a bit to hear some other artists' renditions of his carefully thought out lyrics and tunes - and he wrote so many over his lifetime!!

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