"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 No. 3 on the Top 100 Western songs of all time.
It was first recorded by The Sons of the Pioneers on March 27, 1941 for Decca Records (catalog 5939) and this briefly charted in 1941 with a peak position of No.25. However, 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 as catalog number 20-2923. The record was on the Billboard chart for 13 weeks beginning on August 6, 1948, peaking at No. 9. The Sons of the Pioneers also recorded the song without Monroe, again for RCA Victor. 
- 1945 Along the Navajo Trail - sung by Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers.
- 1945 Saddle Serenade - performed by Jimmy Wakely and the Riders of the Purple Sage
- 2011 Rango - performed by Hank Williams.
- 2014 Lost River - sung by Ben Mendelsohn with music by Johnny Jewel
- 2018 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - sung by Tim Blake Nelson
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.
Other covers of the song were done by Riders in the Sky, Jack Scott, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Slim Whitman, Lorne Greene, Johnnie Ray, Mason Williams, Johnny Cash, the Replacements, Leo Kottke and Joni Mitchell among others.
- Frankie Laine version
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