Western Song: Theme from the Searchers
Composer Max Steiner scored the theme from the film “The Searchers,” written by American songwriter and actor Stan Jones and sung by the Sons of the Pioneers. The period ballad introduces and concludes the film’s narrative, with its melody fitting whatever’s on the screen. Moreover, the Sons of the Pioneers expressed the song in a heartfelt fashion, effectively delivering the man’s feelings of loneliness, isolation, and long search. Additionally, members of The Western Writers of America selected the song as part of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.
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About The Searchers
“The Searchers” was an epic movie directed by John Ford, starring the well-renowned American motion-picture actor John Wayne. To summarize, it’s an iconic film that involves a Confederate veteran’s long search for his abducted niece with the help of his adoptive nephew. It also features the main character’s quest for revenge after marauding Comanches killed his brother, sister-in-law, and their son, leaving their homestead in flames.
The following artists recorded their versions of the theme song from The Searchers:
- Sons of the Pioneers
- Tex Ritter
- Danny Knight
- The Rocky Mountains Ol’ Time Stompers with Len Ellis
- Tony Dallara Sins with The Rocky Mountains Ol’ Time Stompers
- Johnny Western
Listen (Sons of the Pioneers Version)
Theme from The Searchers Lyrics
What makes a man to wander, What makes a man to roam? What makes a man leave bed and board And turn his back on home? Ride away, ride away, ride away [Instrumental] Some men, they search for Injuns Or humpback buffalo And even when they've found them They move on lonesome slow. Ride away, ride away, ride away The snow is deep and oh so white The winds they howl and moan Fire cooks a man his buffalo meat But his lonely heart won't warm Ride away, ride away, ride away A man will search his heart and soul Go searchin' way out there His peace of mind he knows he'll find But where, oh Lord, Lord where? Ride away, ride away, ride away.