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Blue Shadows on the Trail is a song sung in the segment, Pecos Bill, a segment from the 1948 animated Disney film, Melody Time. It is sung during the opening of the final segment and during the aforementioned film's closing. It is sung in a Western-style melody while coyotes howl in the background.

Background

The song is heard throughout an evening where the Texan terrain loops into night as the view moves across terrain in a quiet night where viewers hear coyotes howl at night while two owls fly away. The camera then loops into a scene where tumbleweeds hop across a pair of turtles as the tumbleweeds hop across a pair of pronghorns and a pair of prairie dogs. The camera then loops into a family of quails scurrying across the landscape while trying to catch up with the flock as the scene loops into a live-action scene where Roy Rogers and Sons of the Pioneers song across a couple at a campfire while desert animals observe the couple at night where the song ends. It is sung again at the end of the film where Pecos Bill lost his love interest Slue-Foot Sue and howls with the coyotes at night, back to where Pecos was originally raised at as a baby.

Lyrics

Shades of night are fallin'
As the wind begins to sigh
And the world is silhouetted 'gainst the sky

(whistle)

Blue shadows on the trail
Blue moon shining through the trees
And the plaintive wail from the distance
(coyotes howl)
Comes a driftin' on the evening breeze

Move along
Blue shadows
Move along
Soon the dawn will come
And you'll be on your way

But until the darkness sheds its veil
There'll be blue shadows on the trail

(instrumental)

Move along (Move along)
Blue shadows
Move along (Move along, move along, move along)
Soon the dawn will come
And you'll be on your way (On your way)

But until the darkness sheds its veil
There'll be blue shadows on the trail

Shadows on the trail

(coyotes howl)

Move along (Move along)
Blue shadows
Move along (Move along, move along, move along)
Soon the dawn will come
And you'll be on your way (On your way)

But until the darkness sheds its veil
There'll be blue shadows on the trail
Shadows on the trail

(coyote howls)

Trivia

  • This song was chosen by the Western Writers of America’s as one of the top 100 Western Songs of all time.


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Melody Time Logo
Media
Melody TimeHouse of MouseVideo

Segments: Once Upon a WintertimeBumble BoogieThe Legend of Johnny AppleseedLittle TootTreesBlame It on the SambaPecos Bill

Disney Parks
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & CafeWonderful World of Animation
Characters
JoeJennyJohnny AppleseedJohnny's AngelLittle TootDonald DuckJosé CariocaAracuan BirdPecos BillSlue-Foot SueWidowmaker
Locations
New York CityTexasSouth America
Songs
Melody TimeOnce Upon a WintertimeThe Lord is Good to MeGet on the Wagon Rolling WestThere's a Lot of Work Out There to DoApple FeastLittle TootTreesBlame It on the SambaBlue Shadows on the TrailSweet SuePecos Bill
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