Home on the Range

Lyrics

1st Verse:
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.

2nd Verse:
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 the cities so bright.

Chorus.

3rd Verse:
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.

Chorus.

4th Verse:
The red man was pressed from this part of the West,
He's likly no more to return
To the banks of Red River where seldom if ever
Their flickering campfires burn.

Chorus.

5th Verse:
How often at night when the heavens are bright
With the light of the glittering stars,
Have I stood here amazed and asked as I gazed
If their glory exceeds that of ours.

Chorus.

6th Verse:
Oh, I love these wild flowers in this dear land of ours;
The curlew I love to hear scream;
And I love the white rocks and the antelope flocks
That graze on the mountain-tops green.

Chorus.

7th Verse:
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.

Chorus.

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Information About Home on the Range

The song "Home on the Range" is the state song of Kansas and often considered an unofficial anthem of the Wild West. The original words come from a poem called "My Western Home" and were written by Dr. Brewster M. Higley in the early 1870s in Smith County, Kansas. The poem was published in December of 1873 and given the title of "Oh, Give Me a Home Where the Buffalo Roam".

The music for the song was written Daniel E. Kelley who was a friend of Mr. Higley and the first known performance of which was in 1873, 12 years before any record of "Colorado Home", which was just one of many local adaptations carried throughout the West by the millions of folks that passed through Kansas in the late 1800s.

"Home on the Range" is performed on various occasions in American when some kind of patriotic music is needed, and has been repeatedly used in films and plays.

The song was a favourite of American President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

For any further information about the song ' Home on the Range ' you may find Wikipedia helpful.

An interesting fact is that a anagrammatic version of the song is featured in a book called "Bless the Beasts and Children" written by Glendon Swarthout.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

This version is all about money

Oh, give me a home where the bank notes roam
Where the coins and the credit cards play
I just want some cash, can you not give me that?
I only want to be paid.

Home, home in the bank
Where the coins and the credit cards play
Where often there is cash being exchanged
And the ATMs giving out cash.

Listen to this song's music

17 Comments

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David Dunford, United States

18 November 2014 at 4:13pm

The first verse describes one of the atributes that contributes to a happier marriage. "Discouraging words " can create a negative feeling in the mind of the recipient, and increase such a feeliing in the mind of the speaker.

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Chloe, Canada

2 July 2014 at 7:57pm

I could sing this at the top of my lungs!

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An American, United States

21 January 2013 at 8:09pm

It's a part of our history, the good & the bad. It is the love of the land, people, & truth; whatever that truth is at the time. It is America growing,changing,learning, my home sweet home.

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Kalei, United States

11 December 2012 at 1:49am

please do not say i am rediculas

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Kalei, United States

11 December 2012 at 1:47am

please love this song it makes me cry every time i listen to it

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Kalei, United States

11 December 2012 at 1:45am

I had to sing that song for a Christmas program last year and the hole third grade loved that song and so did we if you do not like we do not care

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Guil, United States

28 November 2011 at 7:35pm

Racist lyrics. Nothing to be proud of. I'm sure what native Americans are left would disagree with the comments made here.

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Brian, United States

2 November 2011 at 12:55pm

i hate it suckss

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Klaus, Austria

24 September 2011 at 2:02pm

Very uplifting words. A place that doesn't exist anymore. The antelopes and buffalo only roam in my imaginary Shangri-La.

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Carlos, Chile

18 March 2011 at 6:34pm

Linda la página, muy bonitas las canciones, me encanta lleer y aprender con uds. ups. moderated this . jajajaja.

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Carlos, Chile

18 March 2011 at 6:31pm

Great song , nice piano play music, I suck, but is okey , I sound " redicolous" Karen have a hearth , don't troll.

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Josh, United States

28 November 2010 at 2:33am

Sounds like Becky from the UK is projecting some serious latent issues, or epic failing at some trolling. Nice pre-revolutionary English spelling of "ridiculous," btw.

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Becky Hammond, United Kingdom

18 November 2010 at 4:15pm

Really? Karen and Mudia you guys are REDICUlOUS! Thats sad that it brings tears into your eyes, like its something to cry about! that's LAME! and poor Karen, lets get it together!

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Karen Mcgee, United States

18 November 2010 at 4:10pm

this is such a beautiful song! i cry every time i hear it! its a great song, its the song that i danced to at my wedding. i love it.

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Nisha, Sri Lanka

9 November 2010 at 2:02pm

I like very much to this song.

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Mudia, London

30 May 2010 at 8:30am

iI just love this song. every time i listen to it it brings tears of joy to my eyes. its lyrics are full of joy. i think its a good song and the writers a genius.

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Jim Manson, Tasmania Australia

9 May 2009 at 4:22am

Well sung but listen to John Charles Thomas-the best rendition by any artist.

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