Lone Prairie, Lyric Variant 02


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Lone Prairie, Lyric Variant 02


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in fair physical condition. The document was laminated. The upper left corner and the lower left corner were folded into the laminate. There are two moderate tears at the top edge. There are two major tears at the right edge. There is one moderate tear and two minor tears at the bottom edge. The lower right corner was torn away. There is a stain of unknown origin to the right of the second stanza. The document was folded horizontally in half. An alternative title was handwritten in black ink. There are textual notes handwritten in pencil.


Ballads -- American Cowboys -- Songs and music Death -- Songs and music Last words -- Songs and music Burial -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

The Dyeing Cowboy. The Dying Cowboy's Prayer. Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie. Oh Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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O, Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie

The Dying Cow boy.

Oh,bury me not on the lone prairie.
These words came slow and mournfully
From the pallid lips of a youth who lay
On his dying couch at the close of day.

Oh, bury me not on the lone prairie
Where the wild coyote will howl o’er me,
Where the cold wind sweeps and the grasses wave.
No sunbeams rest on the prairie grave.

Again he listened to his well known world,-
To the wind’s soft sigh and the song of birds.
He thought of his home and his native bowers
Where he loved to roam in his childhood hours.

It matters not, I’ve oft been told
Where the body lies when the heart grows cold.
But grant ye, oh gratn ye this boon to me.
Oh bury me not on the lone prairie.

But I’ve ever wished that when I died
My grave might be on the cold hillside.
Let there the place of my last rest be.
O, bury me not on the lone prairie.

Let my death slumber be where my mother’s prayer
And a sister’s tears can be mingled there
Let me lie where my loved ones can weep o’er me
Oh bury me not on the lone prairie.

In my dreams I saw,- but his voice failed there.
They gave no heed to his dying prayer
In a narrow grave just six by three
They buried him there on the lone prairie.

May the light wing butterfly pause to rest
O’er him who sleeps on the prairie crest.
May the Texas rose in the breezes wave
Oer him who sleeps in a prairie grave.

And the cow boys now as they roam the plain ,
For they marked the spot where his bones have lain,
Fling a hand full of roses over his grave
With a prayer to him who his soul shall save.

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Lone Prairie, Lyric Variant 02

Document Title

The Dying Cowboy

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Native American Ballads - 262 Randolph, 184 Laws, B 2 Cox, 54

Dimensions - Original

168 mm x 250 mm

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Paul L. Robertson

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