Gene Autry – Home On The Range

Cowboy multimedia star Autry does one of many versions of this unofficial anthem of the American West. It paints an idyllic, peaceful portrait of rural life, even if antelope aren’t quite native to the USA!

According to the 1961 book, “A New Treasury of Folk Songs,” by Tom Glazer, President Franklin D. Roosevelt went and said this was his favourite song in 1933. This gave Home On The Range a resurgent, huge boost in popularity. Then, there was a rush to prove copyright and reap the rewards. To resolve things, the song was declared to be owned by all: in the “public domain.”

But in fact, the words come from a poem by someone named Brewster Higley, back in the 1870s. His friend, Daniel Kelley, provided the tune.

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