Rawhide (song)

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Composer(s)Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyricist(s)Ned Washington

"Rawhide" is a Western song written by Ned Washington (lyrics) and composed by Dimitri Tiomkin in 1958. It was originally recorded by Frankie Laine. The song was used as the theme to Rawhide, a western television series that ran on CBS from 1959 to 1966. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.[1]

The song is about the job of a drover on a cattle drive.

In other media[edit]

  • In The Blues Brothers, the band performs "Rawhide" in a local country bar.
  • The song is played in a scene on Fievel Goes West, when the titular character is rolling through the desert inside a tumbleweed.
  • In Shrek 2 the character Donkey (voiced by comedian and singer Eddie Murphy) was briefly heard singing the song, however the song wasn't included in the soundtrack.
  • In Happy Feet 2 the elephant seals were heard singing with an Australian accent while marching to the iceberg was included in the soundtrack.
  • The theme song to the 1980 Japanese Super Sentai series, Denshi Sentai Denjiman, is heavily based on the Rawhide theme song.[2]

Notable covers[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Western Writers of America (2010). "The Top 100 Western Songs". American Cowboy. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Video on YouTube
  3. ^ ufrp136 (2014-06-06), FRANK CHACKSFIELD - RAWHIDE, retrieved 2017-10-03
  4. ^ Chacksfield, Frank (3 October 2017). "Audio: Veronica news jingle with Dragnet and Rawhide".
  5. ^ "Ensiferum "One Man Army"".
  6. ^ Video on YouTube
  7. ^ "New Zealand Railways. Rollin', rollin', rollin', rail freight". Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision. Retrieved 8 April 2018..
  8. ^ "Fedora Rawhide history". Retrieved 26 June 2016.

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