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Thread #42786   Message #1361378
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
19-Dec-04 - 04:33 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
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.