Mike Moxcey ©2005

Home on the Range

In the next chart, each strum represents a One-two-three pattern.

I / IV I | / / V / |

I / IV I | / V I / |

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I V I / | / / V / |

I / IV I | / V I / |

  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

    ch: 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. How often at night when the heavens are bright
    with the lights from the glittering stars
    have I stood there amazed and asked as I gazed
    if their glory exceeds that of ours.
  3. Oh, give me a land where the bright diamond sand
    flows leisurely down the stream.
    There the graceful, white swan goes gliding along
    like a maid in a heavenly dream.
  4. 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.
  5. Oh, I love those 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.
This song, according to John Lomax, was first printed in 1911, and for twenty years attracted practically no attention. It is said to have been sung on the doorstep of Franklin D. Roosevelt's home by a group of newspaper reporters the night he was first elected President.
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