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Songs of the West

Four Cords 

Home on the Range

     My earliest memory of "Home on the Range" was when I first learned it in my 4th grade classroom. As I tried to learn some different verses out of song books, I just gave up. To my knowledge there was not a long lasting standard version. It became a song I could sing if called upon and felt that three verses should be enough. The one sung here became my standard version after I heard and really enjoyed a version sung by Pete Seeger on a Smithsonian/Folkways cassette, "Cowboy Songs on Folkways," on which was also my version of a Cowboy song ("Lone Star Trail") that appeared on my 1961 Folkways album.
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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.

    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.

How often at night, when the heavens are bright
With the light from the glittering stars,
Have I stood there amazed, asked as I gazed,
'Does their glory exceed that of ours?'

Oh, give me a land where the bright diamond sand
Flows leisurely down the stream;
Where the graceful white swan goes gliding along,
Like a maid in a heavenly dream.

Where the air is so pure and the zephyrs 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.