How About an Old Fashioned Sing-Along?
upon a time, in the town of Uvalde, Texas, there was
a girl named Frances Octavia Smith. Married at 14,
pregnant at 15, and abandoned at 17, she grew up to
become an accomplished Big Band singer named Dale Evans.
In 1947, Dale married Roy Rogers; he
became "King of the Cowboys," and she, "Queen
of the West," and together the two appeared in
over thirty Westerns, and on the long-running Roy
Rogers & Dale Evans Show on television. Dale
wrote the song "Happy Trails" in 1950, and
Roy and Dale sang it each week to close the show.
When we bought Motel,
we had long debates about changing the name to something
less...well, "hokey." But many people found "Happy
Trails" easy to remember, and as we tried more
and more to inject some fun into the "hospitality
business," we became more comfortable with the
name—and the song....
Verse (rarely heard):
Some trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.
It's the way you ride the trail that
Here's a happy one for you:
Happy trails to you, until we meet
Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until
Who cares about the clouds when
Just sing a song and bring the
Happy trails to you, 'till we meet
feeling about "Happy Trails" as a name for
a motel is best typified by the rendition of "Happy
Trails" done by Van Halen.
Recorded in 1982 on their album Diver
Down, their version of "Happy Trails" is
sweet and upbeat, joking and irreverent. Just like
us. It reminds us of some advice we were once given:
to take what you do very seriously, but
never take yourself seriously at all!
At any rate, we thought you might
like to hear the song. Besides Van Halen's wonderfully
jocular adaptation, we have included two other versions
as well: Dale and Roy's duet; and Roy, backed by what
sounds like symphonic strings in a rather grandiose
version, singing solo. Just click on the button below
for the version you want to hear.
And we won't mind a bit if you find
yourself singing along.
If you haven't been
hearing Van Halen while you've been reading this, go here and
download the free RealOne Player (look for the link
to the free version, on the right-hand side of the
page), then reload this page!