Home on the Range

July 17, 2006 at 11:01 am Leave a comment

The quintessential American cowboy song, lauding of the beauty and wonder of the (once) unspoiled American west.  Here are the words I learned as a kid.

Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam
Where the deer and the antelope play
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day

[Chorus]

Home, home on the range
Where the deer and the antelope play
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day

Where the air is so pure, the wind blows so free
The breezes so balmy and light
That I would not exchange my home on the range
For all of the cities so bright

How often at night, when the heavens are bright
With the light of the glimmering stars
I have stood there amazed and asked as I gazed
If their glory exceeds that of ours

I love the wildflowers in this great land of ours
I love the wild curlew’s shrill scream
The blufs and white rocks, and the antelop flocks
That graze on the mountains so green

The Texas State Library identifies the author and composer of Home on the Range as Brewster Higley and Daniel Kelley, respectively.  It also lists some additional verses, as well as slight variations on the ones above.

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Entry filed under: Animals, Cowboy Songs, Folk Songs, Traditional Songs.

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