“Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: +1901 (JAFL14)
Keywords: cowboy death burial
Found in: US(Ap,NW,Ro,So,SE) Canada(Newf,West)

Description

A cowboy is dying. He asks to be taken home and buried in his family home. His request is ignored; he is buried in a small and isolated prairie grave

Notes

Probably adapted from "The Ocean Burial," attributed to Rev. Edwin H. Chapin (1839). For the complex question of the tune, see the notes on that piece.

The 1922 edition of Thorp (quoted also by Belden) claims that the adaption to "The Lone Prairie" is by H. Clemons and written in 1872. I know of no supporting data. - RBW

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Recordings

References

  1. Laws B2, "The Dying Cowboy (Oh Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie)" (sample text in NAB, pp. 81-82)
  2. Larkin, pp. 37-39, "The Lone Prairie" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Belden, pp. 387-392, "The Lone Prairie" (5 texts)
  4. Randolph 184, "Oh Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  5. BrownII 262, "The Lone Prairie" (2 texts)
  6. Hudson 93, pp. 222-223, "O Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie" (1 text)
  7. Friedman, p. 436, "The Lone Prairie" (1 text)
  8. Fowke/Johnston, pp. 92-93, "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. Peacock, pp. 153-154, "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie" (1 text, 1 tune)
  10. Sandburg, p. 20, "Oh, Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie" (1 short text, 1 tune)
  11. Fife-Cowboy/West 117, "The Dying Cowboy" (3 texts, 1 tune)
  12. SharpAp 169, "The Lonesome Prairie" (3 texts, 3 tunes)
  13. Lomax-FSUSA 60, "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie" (1 text, 1 tune)
  14. LPound-ABS, 78, pp. 171-173, "O Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie" (1 text)
  15. JHCox 54, "The Lone Prairie" (2 texts)
  16. JHCoxIIB, #9, p. 143, "The Lone Prairie" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
  17. Darling-NAS, pp. 164-165, "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie" (1 text)
  18. Silber-FSWB, p. 110, "Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie" (1 text)
  19. Saffel-CowboyP, pp. 201-203, "The Dying Cowboy" (1 text)
  20. Fuld-WFM, pp. 396-398, "Oh, Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie"
  21. DT 370, LONEPRAR*
  22. Roud #631
  23. BI, LB02