Traditional Cowboy Song

Lyrics

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.

Optional 2nd verse:
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?

Background

Though Dr. Brewster M. Higley originally wrote the words to “Home on the Range” in a poem called “My Western Home” in the early 1870s, the original words are not identical to those of the song as we know it today. Most noticeably absent from the original are the title words, “home on the range.”

The song was adopted by settlers, cowboys, and others and spread across the USA in various forms. It was officially adopted as the state song of Kansas on June 30, 1947, and is commonly regarded as the unofficial anthem of the American West. “Home on the Range” is often performed in programs and concerts of American patriotic music, and is frequently used in plays and films.

Performances

Here is a marvelous recording by Roy Rogers and The Sons Of The Pioneers:

And here is a recording by The Singing Cowboy himself, Gene Autry: