Tumbling Tumbleweeds

Written by: Bob Nolan

Probably, his most famous song, Bob Nolan wrote this song in the early 1930’s as “Tumbling Leaves”.  It was soon changed to “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” and became popular nationwide.      Roy Rogers  and the Sons of the Pioneers used it in many of their earliest performances and recordings. It was also recorded by many other artists such as Gene Autry, Bing Crosby, and Slim Whitman. In 1998 the Coen brothers included it in the score of the film, ” The Big Lebowski”.

Tumbling Tumbleweeds

I’m a rovin’ cowboy, riding all day long
Tumbleweeds around me sing their lonely song.
Nights underneath a prairie moon,
I ride alone and sing a tune.

Chorus:
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.

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