Pecos Bill (Roy Rogers And The Sons Of The Pioneers)

The song was sung by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers in the segment of the movie called "Pecos Bill." History song

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Poster of Melody Time (1948)
Poster of Melody Time (1948)

The song, “Pecos Bill,” was composed by Johnny Lange and Elliott Daniel for the Walt Disney film, MELODY TIME, in 1947. The film had 7 short segments, each a cartoon, several of which told the story of a legendary (in most cases mythical) character in American history.

 

The song was sung by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers in the segment of the movie called “Pecos Bill.”The segment about Pecos Bill was based on a mythical cowboy hero, and the film was a combination of animation and real-life actors, Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers. The concept of using real actors in a cartoon was groundbreaking, an experiment launched by the Disney studios the previous year in SONG OF THE SOUTH.

 

Song of south poster
Song of south poster

“Pecos Bill,” tells short stories of a cowboy during the conquest of the western United States. Pecos Bill is one of the most representative mythical figures of the American cowboy. It was invented by the writer Edward J. O’Reilly in 1923.

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Roy Rogers – Pecos Bill Lyrics
Now Pecos Bill was quite a cowboy down in Texas
Why, he’s the Western Superman to say the least
He was the roughest, toughest critter, never known to be a quitter
‘Cause he never had no fear of man nor beast
So yippee-i-ay-i-ya, yippee-i-o
He’s the toughest critter west of the Alamo
Now once a band of rustlers stole a herd of cattle
But they didn’t know the herd they stole was Bill’s
And when he caught them crooked villains
Pecos knocked out all their fillings
That’s the reason why there’s gold them thar hills
So yippee-i-ay-i-ya, yippee-i-o
He’s the toughest critter west of the Alamo
Pecos lost his way while traveling on the desert (Water, water, water…)
It was ninety miles across the burning sand (Water, water, water…)
He knew he’d never reach the border (Water…)
If he didn’t get some water (Water…)
So he got a stick and dug the Rio Grande
(Yodeling)
While a tribe of painted Indians did a wardance
Pecos started shooting up their little game
He gave those redskins such a shakeup
That they jumped out of their makeup
That’s how the Painted Desert got it’s name
So yippee-i-ay-i-ya, yippee-i-o
He’s the toughest critter west of the Alamo
While reclining on a cloud high over Texas
With his guns he made the stars evaporate
Then Pecos saw them stars declining
So he left one brightly shining
As the emblem of the Lone Star Texas State
So yippee-i-ay-i-ya, yippee-i-o
He’s the toughest critter west of the Alamo
So yippee-i-ay-i-ya, yippee-i-o
He’s the emblem of the Lone Star Texas State

Roy Rogers - Pecos Bill (RCA Little Nipper Records 1948)
Roy Rogers – Pecos Bill (RCA Little Nipper Records 1948)