The Bonanza theme song was written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. Lorne Greene and the cast recorded versions of the song with lyrics. Different variations of the song were used in the show’s fourteen-season run, with the exception of the 12th and the 13th seasons, where a theme song entitled “The Big Bonanza” was used.
Among others, Johnny Cash did a rendition of the Bonanza theme song and included it in his Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash album.
Watch & Listen (instrumental)
Watch & Listen (with lyrics)
We chased lady luck, ’til we finally struck Bonanza.
With a gun and a rope and a hat full of hope, planted a family tree. We got hold of a pot of gold, Bonanza.
With a horse and a saddle, and a range full of cattle, how rich can a fellow be?
On this land we put our brand, Cartwright is the name, fortune smiled, the day we filed the Ponderosa claim.
Here in the West, we’re livin’ the best, Bonanza, if anyone fights any one of us, he’s go a fight with me, Bonanza.
Hoss and Joe and Adam know every rock and pine, no one works, fights, or eats, like those boys of mine. Here we stand in the middle of a grand Bonanza.
With a gun and a rope and a hatful of hope, we planted our family tree, we got hold of a potful of gold, Bonanza.
With a houseful of friends where the rainbow ends, how rich can a fellow be?
On this land we put our brand, Cartwright is the name, fortune smiled, the day we filed the Ponderosa claim. Here in the west we’re livin’ the best Bonanza.
With the friendliest, fightingist, loving band, that ever set foot in the promised land, and we’re happier than them all.
That’s why we call it Bonanza…Bonanza…Bonanza…