Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie (Kenneth Peacock) video
#832: YouTube video by raymondcrooke
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"Oh bury me not on the lone prairie."
These words came low and mournfully
From the pallid lips of a youth that lay
On his cold damp bed at the close of day.

"Oh bury me not on the lone prairie
Where the wild coyotes will howl o'er me,
Where the cold winds sweep and the grasses wave,
No sunbeam rests on a prairie grave.

"I have often wished that when I die
My grave would be on the old hillside;
By my father's side oh bury me,
Oh bury me not on the lone prairie.

"It matters not so I've been told
Where the body lies when the heart is cold;
By my mother's side oh bury me,
Oh bury me not on the lone prairie."

He is wasted and pined till o'er his brow
Death's shades are slowly gathering now.
He spoke of his home and his loved ones nigh,
As the cowboys gathered to see him die.

"Don't listen to the enticing words
Of the men who own droves and herds
For if you do, you'll rue the day
That you left your homes for the lone prairie.

"Oh bury me not," but his voice failed there,
And we gave no heed to his dying prayer;
In a narrow grave six feet by three,
We buried him there on the lone prairie.

May the white-winged butterfly pause to rest
O'er him who sleeps on a prairie crest,
And the Texas rose in the breezes wave
O'er him who sleeps in a prairie grave. prairie.

And the cowboys now as they roam the plain,
They have marked the spot where his bones have lain,
Laying a handful of roses o'er his grave,
And a prayer for him that his soul might save.

####.... Adaptation of The Ocean Burial published in Boston in 1839 by Rev Edwin H Chapin [1814-1880] [Laws B2] (Native American Balladry, G Malcolm Laws, 1964) ....####
This variant was collected in 1958 by Kenneth Peacock from Mrs Thomas (Annie) Walters [1896-1986] of Rocky Harbour, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 1, pp.153-154, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock noted that Mrs Walters learned this ballad from her mother who sang it over sixty years before with a tune which is very different from the one usually heard. Peacock also noted that for background information on this ballad's origin see the notes on Bury Me Not In The Deep Deep Sea.

The video above features a performance by Raymond Crooke of Melbourne, AU.


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