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partituur van Home on the Range

De originele tekst van Home on the Range werd geschreven door Brewster M. Higley in de vroege jaren 1870 en werd voor het eerst gepubliceerd in 1873. Daniel E. Kelley schreef er de muziek bij.

Het lied werd zeer populair bij trekkers en cowboys die het verder verspreiden. De huidige tekst is die van John A. Lomax uit 1910 en wijkt lichtjes af van het origineel. In 1947 werd het lied het officiële volkslied van de staat Kansas.

Tekst Edit

1.
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.

2.
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.

3.
The red man was pressed from this part of the West
He's likely no more to return,
To the banks of Red River where seldom if ever
Their flickering camp-fires burn.

4.
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.

5.
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.

6.
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.

Gebruik Edit

In de codex staat strofe 4 vermeld als tweede strofe en strofe 2 als derde. Strofen 3, 5 en 6 staan niet vermeld in de codex.

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