HOME ON THE RANGE

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HOME ON THE RANGE
“Home On the Range” is the state song of Kansas. Dr. Brewster M. Higley originally
wrote the words in a poem called “My Western Home.” He wrote it in the early 1870s in
Smith County, Kansas. The poem was first published in a December 1873 issue of the
Smith County Pioneer under the title “Oh, Give Me a Home Where the Buffalo Roam.”
The music was written by a friend of Higley’s named Daniel E. Kelley. Higley’s original
words are similar to those of the song today but not identical.
The song was picked up by settlers, cowboys, and others and spread across the USA in
various forms. In the early 20th century, it was arranged by Texas composer David Guion
who is often credited as the composer. 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
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
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
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
Oh often at night, when the heavens are bright
From the light of the glittering stars
Have I stood there amazed and asked as I gazed
If their glory exceeds that of ours
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