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State Songs of the USA - Home on the Range (Kansas)

  • Artist: State Songs of the USA
  • Also performed by: Country Simon, John Foster, Frank Sinatra, Slim Whitman, Gene Autry, Raymond Crooke
  • Translations: French, German, Russian
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Home on the Range (Kansas)

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 sky is not clouded all day.
 
CHORUS
A home, a home (on the range) 1
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the sky is not clouded all day.
 
Oh, give me a land where the bright diamond sand
Throws its light from the glittering stream
Where glideth along the graceful white swan
Like a maid in her heavenly dream.
 
CHORUS
 
Oh, give me the gale of the Solomon Vale,
Where life streams with buoyancy flow,
On the banks of the Beaver, where seldom if ever
Any poisonous herbage doth grow.
 
CHORUS
 
How often at night, when the heavens were 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
 
I love the wild flowers in this bright land of ours;
I love the wild curlew's shrill scream;
The bluffs and white rocks and antelope flocks
That graze on the mountains so green.
 
CHORUS
 
The air is so pure, the breeze is so fine,
The zephyrs so balmy and light,
I would not exchange my home here to range
Forever in azures so bright.
 
  • 1. "on the range" was missing in the original lyrics of the chorus but added later by the performers as the song is known under this title
Submitted by SaintMarkSaintMark on Sat, 24/09/2016 - 11:26
Last edited by FaryFary on Wed, 26/06/2019 - 14:49
Submitter's comments:

Adopted as the state song of Kansas in 1947.
https://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/home-on-the-range/17165

Lyrics: Dr. Brewster M. Higley
Music: Daniel E. Kelley

Thanks!thanked 1 time

 

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JadisJadis    Tue, 23/07/2019 - 06:40

There are some minor differences with the lyrics given by Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_on_the_Range), which seem to agree with the singer's version (and for the most of them, would improve the rhythm and/or the meaning) :
S3 L2 : Where life streams with buoyancy flow > Where the life streams
S6 L1 : The air is so pure, the breeze is so fine > The air is so pure, and the breezes so fine
S6 L3 : I would not exchange > That I would not exchange
 
The singer also says (S5 L3) : The bluffs and white rocks and the antelope flocks, although Wikipedia doesn't mention this second article (but to my ear, it sounds better).
 
Anyway one can notice that respecting the exact number of syllables is not mandatory in English. The main count here is 5+6 / 3+6 / 5+6 / 3+6 (in the stanzas), but towards the end, it gets off the rails, and yet it is singable. For ex :
- I love the wild / curlew's shrill scream (4+4)
- That graze / on the mountains so green. (2+6)
- The zephyrs / so balmy and light (3+5)...
 
This is because when singing, you use a whole note, a half or a quarter one, according to the needs.
 

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