Home on the Range, October 19, 2013

Lied Center for Performing Arts

Lincoln, NE


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Home on the Range

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There's a land in the West where nature is blessed
With a beauty so vast and austere,
And though you have flown off to cities unknown,
Your memories bring you back here.

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.

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.

The canyons and buttes like old twisted roots
And the sandstone of ancient stream beds
In the sunset they rise to dazzle our eyes
With their lavenders, yellows, and reds.

How often at night when the heavens are 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.

Out in the sand hills the spring sky fills,
With a million migrating cranes
And the country rejoices at the sound of their voices
As they fly north cross the plains.

When it comes my time to leave you behind
And sail off to regions unknown,
Please lay my remains out on the plains,
Lay me down in my old prairie home.

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.

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