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Old Town School of Folk Music

The lyrics provide a vision of the American west, the early pioneer settlers, and the working life of the cowboy. The many versions have been passed on by word of mouth over time. The author Dr. Brewster Higley was unknown and it was regarded as a traditional folksong. Franklin D. Roosevelt, USA president 1933 - 45, declared this to be his favourite song.


Audio from Free Music Archive, issued with a Creative Commons

Attribution-Noncommercial No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License


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 here amazed and asked as I gazed

If their glory exceeds that of ours.


Where the air is so pure, 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.


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HOME ON THE RANGE

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