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Home on the Range, a Singable Picture Book

Posted on: August 16, 2013

Originally written as a poem by Dr. Brewster Higley in 1873, the musical origins of the song are in dispute. HOME ON THE RANGE  is the Kansas state song.  As with many folk songs, words and tune have been tinkered with by many a singer and versions will be slightly different from book to book, from sheet of music to sheet of music.  It would seem that some of the standard verses we sing have been altered or added by American folklorist and musicologist John A. Lomax.

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Home on the Range (song sheet for SBWE)
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted with Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
Home On the Range for SBWE w chords

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home on the range ajhar
Home on the Range

Words by Dr. Brewster Higley
Additional Words by John A. Lomax
Music by Daniel E. Kelley
Illustrations by Brian Ajhar

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Home on the Range
Poem by Dr. Brewster Higley
Additional Words by  John A. Lomax
Music by Daniel E. Kelley
This book features pages of historical information and printed music.

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BOOKS THAT FEATURE HOME ON THE RANGE

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HOME ON THE RANGE is featured in:
lets sing together yarrow
Let’s Sing Together
Compiled by Peter Yarrow
Illustrated by Terry Widener
Collection of Folk Songs, Illustrated from the:
The Peter Yarrow Songbook Series

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home on the range lomax
Home on the Range (John A. Lomax and his Cowboy Songs)
Book Text by Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrated by S. D. Schindler

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story of home on the range by kirke mechem
The Story of Home on the Range
By Kirke Mechem (1969)

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SONG ORIGINS, VOCABULARY, AND INFO

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HOME ON THE RANGE on the Library of Congress website:
https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200196571/

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Song history of HOME ON THE RANGE in this wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_on_the_Range

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Official Song of the State of Kansas on 50States.org:
http://www.50states.com/songs/kansas.htm#.Ug5nn5LvuSo

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The Curlew on Audubon.org
http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/long-billed-curlew

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CURLEW
The Curlew is a now endangered bird with a long bill.  It must have once been abundant in Kansas, but I could not find much at all online to indicate that curlews still inhabit Kansas, even if the bird is mentioned in the Kansas state song.
For more information, here’s a wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curlew

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You can hear the “scream” of the curlew in this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t14YfXXXmvo

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More information about curlews, including vocal recordings, here:
http://birdnote.org/show/long-billed-curlew-singing-over-grassland

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ZEPHYR
A zephyr is a breeze from the west.
More info, here:
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zephyr

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HOME ON THE RANGE
Poem by Dr. Brewster Higley
Additional Words by  John A. Lomax

Music by Daniel E. Kelley

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.

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.

The Red man was pressed from this part of the west
He’s likely no more to return
To the banks of the Red River where seldom if ever
Their flickering campfires burn.

How often at night when the heavens are bright
With the light from the glittering stars
Have I stood there amazed and asked as I gazed
If their glory exceeds that of ours.

Oh, I love these wild flowers in this dear land of ours
The curlew I love to hear cry
And I love the white rocks and the antelope flocks
That graze on the mountain slopes high.

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

Then I would not exchange my 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.

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.

 

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