Happy Trails: The Lyrics and The Story Behind The Song

Below are the lyrics to the song “Happy Trails,” the signature theme song of Roy Rogers, The King Of The Cowboys, and Dale Evans, The Queen Of The West.

The song was written by Dale Evans, and became ingrained in the hearts of Americans when it was sung by Roy and Dale at the close of their radio show and at the close of each episode of “The Roy Rogers Show” on television (1951 – 1957). Please scroll down for the story behind the song.

“Happy Trails,” The Lyrics

Some trails are happy ones, others are blue.
It’s the way you ride the trail that counts;
Here’s a happy one for you.

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin’ until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we’re together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you, until we meet again.

The “Happy Trails” Story

Roy Rogers starred in his first movie, “Under Western Stars,” in 1938. He was an instant hit and quickly began making a series of highly successful and wildly popular “singing cowboy” movies.

In 1944 he was paired for the fist time in a movie with Dale Evans for “The Cowboy And The Senorita.” Ms. Evans, who at the time was a highly successful singer but a struggling actress, quickly became America’s choice as Roy’s leading lady. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans made many more movies together, singing and galloping their way into entertainment super stardom.

After Dale’s divorce and the tragic death of Roy’s wife Arlene, they also found behind-the-camera happiness together and were married on New Year’s Eve, 1947.

Dale Evans was a gifted and prolific song writer, and wrote her and Roy’s signature theme song “Happy Trails.” According to Dale Evans in the Roy Rogers, Dale Evans autobiography, “Happy Trails, Our Life Story,” Dale wrote the song “Happy Trails” one afternoon shortly after the birth of her and Roy’s daughter, Robin, in August of 1950.

Dale was at home with Robin when she began thinking about the song she and Roy were currently closing the “Roy Rogers Show” with on the radio. The song was “Smiles Are Made Out Of Sunshine” and while it was popular, Dale felt that the song wasn’t Western enough. She also wanted a song more attuned to the fact that a cowboy had to ride the trails no matter what the weather, especially if the trails weren’t sunny ones.

Inspired, she wrote “Happy Trails” in about three hours. She and Roy began closing their radio show with it, and it became an enduring hit. She and Roy also sang it at the close of each episode of “The Roy Rogers Show” on television (1951 – 1957).

The “Happy Trails” Song

Below is a video of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans singing “Happy Trails.”