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Subject: My Home's in Montana
From: GUEST,Ken
Date: 05 Jan 02 - 11:20 PM

I have one verse to this song;

My home's in Montana I wear a bandana My spurs are of silver My pony is grey While riding the ranges My luck never changes My foot in the stirrup I gallop away

Glenn Ohrlin recorded it. I find a lot of references to it, but I can't find any more verses. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: GUEST,mgarvey@pacifier.com
Date: 05 Jan 02 - 11:23 PM

here's another...and I have heard a third verse but don't know it

I ride through the ranches and cut the fine branches to put on my campfire as daylight grows pale...when I have partaken of beans and of bacon I whistle a merry old tune of the trail.


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Subject: ADD Version: MY HOME'S IN MONTANA
From: Dicho
Date: 05 Jan 02 - 11:50 PM

Glen Ohrlin gives it with music in his book, "The Hell-Bound Train."

MY HOME'S IN MONTANA

My home's in Montana, I wear a bandana,
My spurs are of silver, my pony is gray.
While riding the ranges my luck never changes,
With foot in my stirrup I gallop for aye.

When valleys are dusty my pony is trusty,
He lopes through the blizzards, the snow in his ears.
The cattle may scatter but what does it matter,
My rope is a halter for pig-headed steers.

When far from the ranches I chop the pine branches
To heap on my campfire as daylight grows pale.
When I have partaken of beans and of bacon
I'll whistle a merry old song on the trail.

Joe Offer gives two of the verses in thread 7756.
Here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: Dicho
Date: 06 Jan 02 - 12:03 AM

Joe- what were you doing with a Girl Scout Handbook?

Here is the story of the song in Ohrlin's words. "The tune of "My Home's in Montana" is the same as the usual old tune of "The Cowboy's Lament" before they started calling the "Lament" "The Streets of Laredo." Ginn and Company took the words 'my home's in Montana, I wear a bandana" from Margaret Larkin's book "The Singing Cowboy" and wrote the rest of the first verse and the second and third verses to make a good cowboy song for kids. Larkin reports her version of the "Lament" as given by a Montana cowboy. My friend Bill Ramsey of ..Arkansas..tells me they had a song that started the same way when he was a boy in Billings MT. ...his father's hands made up numerous unprintable verses to sort of round it out. So there are probably other songs that started with "my home's in Montana." Ohrlin never found any of these verses. Anyone out there know any of these verses?


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Subject: ADD Version:THE COWBOY'S LAMENT
From: masato sakurai
Date: 06 Jan 02 - 12:55 AM

The version in Margaret Larkin's Singing Cowboy (1931; Oak, 1963, pp. 30-31) is "the model on which Glenn's [Glenn Ohrlin's] text was built" (The Hell-Bound Train, p.246):

THE COWBOY'S LAMENT

My home's in Montana,
I wear a bandana,
My spurs are silver,
My horse is a bay,
I took to card play in
The house I was staying
Got shot through the bowels
And you see where I lay.

Let sixteen gamblers
Lay a hand on my coffin,
Let sixteen cowboys
Come carry me along,
And take me to the graveyard,
And lay the sod o'er me,
I'm just a young cowboy
And I know I done wrong!

Go gather around you
A crowd of young cowboys,
And tell them the story
Of this my sad fate,
Tell one and the other,
Before they go further,
To stop their wild roving,
Before it's too late.

It was once in the saddle
That I would go dashing,
'Twas once in the saddle
That I would go gay,
First to the card house
And then to the dram house,
Got shot in the bowels
And you see where I lay.

Then drag your rope slowly
And rattle your spurs lowly,
And give a wild whoop
As you carry me along,
And take me to Boot Hill
And cover me with roses,
I'm just a young cowboy
And I know I done wrong!

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: Haruo
Date: 06 Jan 02 - 01:09 AM

I think of the tunes of "My home's in Montana" and "The streets of Laredo" as different tunes. To which I "The Cowboy's Lament" to be sung? The former as I know it starts out with a basically rising tone contour over the first line, while "Streets of Laredo" starts with a basically downward contour.

Liland


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: masato sakurai
Date: 06 Jan 02 - 01:23 AM

The Larkin version of "Cowboy's Lament" and the Ohrlin version of "My Home's in Montana" are essentially the same (though not exactly the same), different from the familiar "Streets of Laredo" tune.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: Dicho
Date: 06 Jan 02 - 02:05 AM

Liland and Masato are correct. In Larkin and Ohrlin, the high notes are the "a" of bandana at the end of the first line and the following "My" at the start of the second. In the "Streets" the last of the first line, "Laredo," and the succeeding "As" are low notes. Quite a different effect! The Larkin melody is essentially the same as "Version 3" in Lomax, Cowboy Songs, p. 421, only one verse given. The usual "Streets" tune is given on p. 417 with 10 verses and variations.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: katlaughing
Date: 06 Jan 02 - 04:23 AM

Huh, first I ever knew they were related, at all. Love both songs. Thanks all!

kat


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Subject: Pocket Songbooks
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Jan 02 - 04:43 AM

Dicho, what can I say? It's well known that I have a serious songbook addiction. I admit it - I mugged a Girl Scout and stole her Girl Scout Pocket Songbook, which I could have obtained from the Girl Scout office for $1.20. It's a terrific little collection of songs.

Judging from the format, I suspect the book may be related to the wonderful pocket songbooks published by

World Around Songs
20 Colberts Creek Road
Burnsville, NC 28714
(USA)
(704)675-5343

I think there's a connection between World Around Songs, and Cooperative Recreation Services, Inc. (which published pocket songbooks in the past).

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr Add: The Cowboy's Lament (2nd version)
From: masato sakurai
Date: 06 Jan 02 - 06:07 AM

I've found another version of "The Cowboy's Lament" with the "Montana" stanza in it in James F. Leisy, The Folk Song Abecedary (Hawthorn Books, 1966, pp. 69-70), though this, "as sung by Slim Critchlow of Berkeley, California," seems to be a later one. The tune is that of the Larkin version.

THE COWBOY'S LAMENT (second version)

1. So early one morning I rode o'er the ranches,
So early one morning I rode over there
I spied a young cowboy, so brave and so handsome
With coal black eyes and wavy black hair.

2. His eyes were fast glazing and death was approaching,
His white lips were curled and tortured with pain,
As he spoke in a whisper of a scene far behind him,
Of his home in Montana he'd ne'er see again.

3. "Oh, beat the drum slowly and play the fife lowly,
Play the dead march as you carry me along;
In the grave throw me and roll the sod o'er me,
For I'm a young cowboy and I know I've done wrong.

4. "My home's in Montana; I wear a bandana,
My spurs they are silver, my horse is a bay.
I first took to drinking and then to card playing,
Which brought me to trouble, I'm dying today.

5. "Let sixteen gamblers come and carry my coffin,
Let sixteen cowboys come and sing me a song.
In the grave throw me and roll the sod o'er me,
For I'm a young cowboy and I know I've done wrong.

6. "Wrte me a letter for my gray-haired mother,
And break the sand news to my sister so dear.
But not one word of this shall you mention
When a crowd gathers 'round you my story to hear.

7. "Oh, there is another, more dear than a sister;
She's lovely and pure as the dew on a rose.
Tell her to wait for her lover no longer,
For he sleeps where the prairie wind smoothly blows.

8. "Tell her her image has always been with me,
Carrying me up through the long, lonely days;
And that I'm taking it down through the valley,
Locked in my heart to be with me always.

9. "Then swing your rope slowly and rattle your spurs lowly,
And give a wild whoop as you carry me on.
Take me to the green valley and lay the sod o'er me,
For I'm a young cowboy and I know I've done wrong.

10. "Oh, bring me a cup of pure, pure water,
A cup of pure water," the poor fellow said.
But when I'd returned his soul had departed
Anf gone to the Giver; the cowboy was dead.

11. We beat the drum slowly and played the fife lowly,
And bitterly wept as we bore him along;
For we all loved our comrade, so brave, young, and handsome;
We all loved our comrade although he'd done wrong.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: Stewie
Date: 06 Jan 02 - 09:02 AM

Masato, Slim's version on his great CD 'The Crooked Trail to Holbrook', with minor variations, shares most of the stanzas you posted above, but also has several admonitory stanzas to young cowboys and his younger brother. I am happy to transcribe and post them if you are interested.

I posted another version of 'Streets of Laredo' to the forum previously:

Tom Sherman's Barroom

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: kendall
Date: 06 Jan 02 - 09:28 AM

I learned "Home in Montana" when I was a kid in grammar school. This brings back memories.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: GUEST,TNDARLN
Date: 06 Jan 02 - 12:23 PM

And you can sing it as a "partner" song with Home on the Range! [Montana, not Streets/Laredo]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: catspaw49
Date: 06 Jan 02 - 01:19 PM

My home's in Montana
Stay off it gawddamnya'
Our compound's protected,
We're armed to the gills.
Beware the Alsatians
We're the Aryan Nation
If you ain't a real WASP
Stay away from these hills.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: Dicho
Date: 06 Jan 02 - 09:28 PM

In the DT is a fine version of The Streets of Laredo, as sung by Harry Jackson. It has the lines "Put roses all over the top of my coffin, To deaden the smell as they bear me along." He recorded it without instrumental accompaniment. It comes up in the DT only if Lament is typed in, although it is titled "The Streets of Laredo."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: Haruo
Date: 08 Jan 02 - 07:43 PM

Was it Stan Boreson that sang the version with the lyrics

I see by your accent that you are Norvegian...
"If you had an accent, you could be Norvegian, too."
?
Liland


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: Dicho
Date: 08 Jan 02 - 08:26 PM

Were'nt those lines from the Streets of Milwaukee?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: GUEST,mim jiller
Date: 19 Dec 04 - 12:04 PM

I found this verse to "My homes in Montana", in a school textbook, Silver Burdett & Ginn, Music3. It is presented as a partner song with "Home on the Range". Same chords, different melody, but work together when sung simultaneously

My homes in Montana I left Indiana
To start a new life far away in the West
My skins rough as leather, made tough by the weather
The wind and the sun of the land I love best

Chorus
Home, on the rolling range
That's were I want to stay
When ridding the ranges
My luck never changes
With foot in the stirrup
I gallop away


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: Cruiser
Date: 19 Dec 04 - 03:22 PM

The 'Streets of Laredo' & 'My Home's In Montana' are definitely different, though similar, melodies. As Alice said in the related thread, the melody is about the same as 'Molly Malone'. The melodic contours of these 2 songs are very close.

I remember liking all three songs from the first time I heard them, possibly because of the similarities. 'Molly' was probably the first I heard, then 'Streets', then 'Montana' all when I was a young whippersnapper in the 1950s. I must say that I did not equate the melodies of 'Molly' with 'Montana' until I read Alice's post here.

Cruiser


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: Cruiser
Date: 19 Dec 04 - 04:06 PM

I just remembered another song connection. In the 1962 movie version of Edgar Allen Poe's "Premature Burial" the grave diggers (robbers) whistled a haunting melody which took me years to figure out. I knew the tune, and my cousin and I whistled it on our way home (in the dark) from seeing the movie and for years thereafter.

Golly Geewillikers, that movie scared the liver out of me! You have heard of whistling in the dark when you are scared? Well, whistling this tune in the dark only made things worse. I finally connected the tune to 'Molly Malone' (okay, so my melodic sense is somewhat slow).

I still whistle the tune, but have not tried it in the dark, yet. There is no reason why I shouldn't, right?

I must get the DVD of "Premature Burial" (only saw it once in '62) to see what the fuss was about and how it "scared" the young teenager "tough guy" I thought I was. You have got to admit, being buried alive is somewhat disconcerting.

"With foot in the stirrup I'll gallop all day"
"Mussels and cockles alive alive-o"

Cruiser


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: Q
Date: 19 Dec 04 - 04:33 PM

My Home's in Montana
Words adapted W. S. Williams

My home's in Montana
I left Indiana
To start a new life
Far away in the West;
My skin's rough as leather,
Made tough by the weather;
The wind and the sun
Of the land I love best.

I learned how to lasso
Way down in El Paso,
I've followed the cattle
Whereever they roam;
I'm weary of straying,
I'll wander no more
For Montana's my home.

James L. Mursell et al., Music for Living, Book Three, "Now and Long Ago," Silver Burdett Company, 1956, p. 56, with music.
Differs from the Silver, Burdett and Ginn, Music Three, posted by Mim Jiller, above. Date?

The Ginn and Co. first printing of the song was in 1936 in the World of Music series, "Singing Days," p. 18.
Some of the following has already been posted, but here is some amplification.
"Christine Turner Curtis, who wrote many music lyrics for Ginn, paraphrased the words of Larkin's "The Cowboy's Lament" for use in "Singing Days," ...a one-book course designed for use in one-room rural schools." The song was included "on the first of thirteen 78 rpm records pressed by Victor to accompany "Singing Days." It was sung by Olice Kline, soprano, with piano accompaniment by Myrtle C. Eaver." Also on the Olive Kline 1935 recording "The Cowboy," Victor 25300.
Although the Larkin version of "The Cowboy's Lament," was the basic model, the tune used is that in Lingenfelter et al., pp. 426-427, "Songs of the American West" (as sung by Harry Jackson, copyright 1938 by Ludlow Music Corp. Inc. NY; transcribed by David Cohen from Jackson, "The Cowboy, His Songs, Ballads and Brag Talk," Folkways FH5723).

Note that the tune "is the same as the usual old tune of "The Cowboy's Lament" before they started calling the "Lament" "The Street of Laredo." Ginn and Company took the words..."My Home's in Montana...." from "The Cowboy's Lament" in Margaret Larkin's book "The Singing Cowboy" and wrote the rest of the first verse and all of the second and third verses to make a good cowboy song for kids." Quote from Ohrlin, pp. 3-5, with lyrics and tune.
Ohrlin notes that there were precursors sung in Montana, mostly with unprintable words.
"Singing Days" was authored by Marguerite V. Hood et al., 1936, Boston: Ginn and Co.

All quotes from Glenn Ohrlin, 1973, "The Hell-Bound Train, A Cowboy Songbook," Biblio-Discography, F. Electrical Transcriptions, 1. My Home's in Montana, p. 246.

Does anyone have a copy of "Singing Days" 1936? I would like to check the verses actually printed there.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: Louie Roy
Date: 07 Nov 05 - 08:25 PM

In my song book it shows that the Cowboy's Lament was written in 1876 as a traditional song but I don't have an author.It does lists 15 verse but not one of them has the line (My Home In Montana)so I believe My Home In Montana was written many years after the original came out and whoever is credited with writing just used many parts of the original song and called it My Home In Montana.I lived in Montana for over 20 years and never heard anyone sing this song


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: GUEST,pairadocs
Date: 02 Dec 05 - 12:55 AM

After seeing a commercial from a Fargo TV station that was advertising for Big Sky Ski Resort, I heard these lyrics and a catchy melody and google-searched them. What a wonderful discovery to find the lyrics in their entirety and the song's history posted here. What a great commercial and song..it makes me practically want to move to Montana and become a cowboy! Thanks to everyone- jk


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: Q
Date: 02 Dec 05 - 01:25 PM

Louie Roy, what is the name of your songbook that gives an 1876 date?

We know it was played by the Dodge City Cowboy Band at a funeral for Miss Flora (a dog) in the 1880's. Fife and Fife can't point with certainty at any author (One source says F. H. Maynard in 1872).

You are probably correct about the late occurrence of "My Home's in Montana" version. The first mention of that line is in Larkin (1931), a version "given to me by a Montana puncher." The rest was written for a school songbook (see 06 Jan 02 post by Dicho, above, quote from Ohrlin).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: kendall
Date: 02 Dec 05 - 01:40 PM

Buryl Ives sang
...put bunches of roses all over my coffin,
roses to deaden the clods as they fall.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: Louie Roy
Date: 03 Dec 05 - 01:07 PM

Q the song book I have with this info was written by Frank J Wilson who was born about 1915 called his best 1000 old time songs.I believe he is deceased now.The last time I had contact with him was in 1997 and at that time he lived in Quemado NM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: GUEST,Karyl Severson
Date: 09 Oct 07 - 06:50 AM

Hi, there - These lyrics and tune were running through my head from the time when I learned them at my favorite aunt's house back in the 1950s.

I love the internet, and particularly appreciate Masato Sakurai's lyrics, as those are the ones I learned. I am sure the song is titled "Cowboy's Lament". But as a kid I never realized just how sad the lyrics are.

Thanks to everybody for their contributions.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: GUEST,Amanda
Date: 28 Mar 09 - 05:10 PM

This is what it is like in my school....


My homes in Montana. I wear a bandana. My spurs are silver. My pony is gray. When riding the ranges my luck never changes. With foot in the stirup i galop away. Home on the rolling range. Thats where i want to stay! When riding the ranges my luck never changes. With foot in the stirup i galup away.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: GUEST,meetzie
Date: 13 Dec 09 - 04:52 PM

My home's in Montana, I wear a bandana, My spurs are of silver, my pony is gray. When out on the ranges , my luck never changes, with foot in my stirrup, I gallop away.
When far from the ranches I cut the pine branches to lay me a bed when the starlight is pale, when I have partaken of beans and of bacon I whistle a merry old tune of the trail.
( two verses is all we know)


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Subject: Lyr Add: MY HOME'S IN MONTANA
From: GUEST,999
Date: 13 Dec 09 - 05:11 PM

Anonymous
Re: REAL old cowboy song
Sun Dec 7, 2008 00:34
207.200.116.135 (XFF: 24.70.236.38)


My Home's In Montana

My Home's In Montana
I wear a bandana
My spurs are silver gray
When riding the ranges
My luck never changes
With foot in the stirrup I'll gallop away
Yip-ee-tie, yip-ee-tie-yeh!
Yip-ee-tie, yip-ee-tie-oh!
With foot in the stirrup I'll gallop away
When valleys are dusty
My pony is trusty
He lopes through the blizzard
The snow in his ears
The cattle may scatter
But what does it matter
My rope is a halter for pig-headed steers
Chorus:
Yip-ee-tie, yip-ee-tie-yeh!
Yip-ee-tie, yip-ee-tie-oh!
My rope is a halter for pig-headed steers
When far from the ranches
I chop the pine branches
To heap on the campfire
As daylight draws ne'er
When I have partaken
Of beans and the bacon
I whistle a merry old song of the trail

Yip-ee-tie, yip-ee-tie-yeh!
Yip-ee-tie, yip-ee-tie-oh!
I whistle a merry old song of the trail
My home's in Montana
I wear a bandana
My spurs are silver
My pony is gray
When riding the ranges
My luck never changes
With foot in the stirrup I'll gallop away
Chorus (Repeat)


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Subject: LYR ADD post just below.
From: GUEST,999
Date: 13 Dec 09 - 05:13 PM

It's from

www.csufresno.edu/folklore/ballads/Ohr001.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: Q
Date: 13 Dec 09 - 06:06 PM

999, your link leads to the general citation for the song, but not to the lyrics you posted.
There are three citations. It is not Ohrlin, pp. 3-5, with score, in his cowboy songbook, The Hellbound Train, Univ. Ill. Press.
It is not Larkin (as "The Cowboy's Lament"), pp. 30-31, with score, "Singing Cowboy."
I don't have the third citation, Pankake, p.247.

Is it Pankake's or does it belong to someone else? Curtis is mentioned but no citation.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: GUEST,999
Date: 13 Dec 09 - 08:24 PM

I screwed up, Q. Thanks for letting me know. The real source is

disc.yourwebapps.com/discussion.cgi?disc=168101;article=1519

My apologies.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: GUEST,999
Date: 13 Dec 09 - 08:26 PM

here is bibliographical info at

www.csufresno.edu/folklore/ballads/Ohr001.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: Q
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 01:43 PM

Thanks, 999. The website has no information on this version, and the song is labeled as "anonymous."
The comments add nothing, nor does the bibliographical information at the Fresno website (Traditional Ballad Index).

It would be interesting to know where this particular version came from. The addition of the yips and the line "merry old" suggest a later date than those posted.
The song is verified for the 1880s (see above) and possibly dates to Meynard 1872 but data insufficient.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: GUEST,999
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 07:01 PM

Q: that version is from the following site

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: Q
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 07:28 PM

Yes, but NO information on it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: GUEST,999
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 07:31 PM

I know. FRom other scraps of the song I've found, it's a Montana song (according to posters who wrote). That's all I can find other than the Fresno stuff. NO idea who wrote it or when.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 07:36 PM

There's this from the Folk Music Index:


Tobitt, Janet E. (ed.) / Ditty Bag, Tobitt, Sof (1946/1939), p 50
Mursell, James, et.al.(eds.) / Music Now and Long Ago, Silver Burdette, Bk (1956), p 55
Lomax, John A. & Alan Lomax / Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads, MacMillan, Bk (1938), p421
Ohrlin, Glenn. Land of Yahoe, Rounder 8041, CD (1996), trk# 11

but I think that's been posted already.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 16 Jan 10 - 10:57 PM

Ilearned this version from an accountant in southern California in the 70's- "My home's in Montana, I wear a bandana, My spurs are of silver, my pony is grey. I ride all the ranges, My luck never changes. I get on my pony and gallop away." I now live in Montana, and I sing it to my five grandsons.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: GUEST,djohn
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 09:49 PM

I learned this song in the first grade. I only remember the first verse, but after reading the three verses some of it comes back. I remember the phrase 'when I have partaken of beans and of bacon" and the bit about the snow in the pony's ears.
I'm so happy to have found this thread after nearly seventy years of that tune in my head.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: GUEST,GUEST:ljsloss
Date: 16 Sep 10 - 09:03 PM

I learned this song in kindergarten at the McKinley School in Butte in 1944-45, and have easily recalled the tune and all but the last phrase of the first verse; the rest went poof decades ago, and it is a pleasure to recover the remainder even if I cannot remember which version is closest to my ancestral lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
From: GUEST,frayed knot
Date: 10 Sep 12 - 01:39 AM

I remember there being a refrain to this song. But I couldn't find it any where so I wrote one. If you play you can get the gist of it.

MY HOME'S IN MONTANA Traditional Cowboy tune    G

G                                C
My home's in Montana, I wear a bandana,
G           D                C      D7 G        
Spurs of silver, my pony is bay.
G                                C
While riding the ranges my luck never changes,
                G         D7         G
Foot in my stirrups I gallop away.
G                                C
When valleys are dusty my pony is trusty,
G                          D             C          D7   G        
Lopes through the blizzards, snow in his ears.
G                                C
The cattle may scatter but what does it matter
                G           D7                 G
My rope's a halter for pig-headed steers.


G                                   C
When far from the ranches I cut the pine branches
                G               C          D7          G        
Lay out a bed as daylight grows pale.
G                                C
When I have partaken of beans and of bacon
                 G                    D                   G                
I whistle a old, merry song on the trail.

>>>>

chorus:
C
I learned how to lasso
        G
Way down in El Paso
                 C        
I follow the cattle
                      G        
Where ever they roam.
C
Yeah, I ride the ranges
            G        
But my luck never changes
       C           Am                    D        
But still Montana's my home.
      C
My skin's rough as leather,
        G
Made tough by the weather;
                   C
Rain, sleet and snow
                G
Where ever I roam.
       C        
The wind up and bites me
           G
And my gal she still writes
       C                           Am         D                        
And tells me Montana's my home.


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