|Written by||Bob Nolan|
|Recorded by||Vaughn Monroe and The Sons of the Pioneers, Hank Williams, Frankie Laine, Marty Robbins, Burl Ives, Odetta, Riders in the Sky, Jack Scott, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, The Rooftop Singers, Slim Whitman, Johnnie Ray, Mason Williams, Joni Mitchell, Leo Kottke, Johnny Cash|
|Performed by||Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch|
"Cool Water" is a song written in 1936 by Bob Nolan. It is about a man and his mule, Dan, and a mirage in the desert. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.
The best-selling recorded version was done by Vaughn Monroe and The Sons of the Pioneers in 1948. The recording was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-2923. The record was on the Billboard magazine chart for 13 weeks beginning on August 6, 1948, peaking at #9. 
Hank Williams recorded the song in 1948 or 1949 for the Johnny Fair Syrup Company radio show on KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana. The recording is available on The Complete Hank Williams boxed set, released on Mercury Records in 1998. It also appears in the film Rango, set in an Old West town populated by animals that is suffering from drought. Every Wednesday, the townspeople perform a ritual they believe will return water to their town, during which the song plays over a PA system.
The Muppets (Lubbock Lou and His Jughuggers) also covered the song on the set for "Singin' in the Rain" in Episode 501 after Gene Kelly refuses to go on.
The Replacements included a version of Cool Water on their expanded edition of Pleased to Meet Me.
Bob Dylan and The Band recorded a version of Cool Water in 1967 and released it in 2014 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete.
- Frankie Laine version
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