HAPPY TRAILS & CHARLIE

Happy Trails

It was a song written by Dale Evans

And we happily sang along,

Especially my brother, Bill,

Who wanted to be a cowboy

From the time he could wear

A cowboy hat

And play gun-and-holster outfit;

He never veered far from his dream

And his first horse was

A thoroughbred Arabian Stallion

Named Charlie.

Bill had Charlie for many years

And loved that horse with all his heart,

When Charlie went blind

Bill roped off an area

Of the farm

So that Charlie would know what

His boundaries were.

When Charlie became sick,

Bill slept in the barn with him

For three nights,

Until Charlie passed away

And went to gallop on Happy Trails

In horse heaven.

 

–Sandra Lee Smith

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