The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #143927 Message #3325403
Posted By: Lighter
19-Mar-12 - 06:46 PM
Thread Name: You've heard of a place called Benghazi
Subject: RE: You've heard of a place called Benghazi
Indeed there are textual similarities between "Benghazi" and "Oh! Bury Me Out on the Prairie" that can't be coincidental. (See the text in the DT.) The "cowboy" song has its own melody.
"Oh! Bury Me out on the Prairie" (alias "I've Got No Use for the Women") was copyrighted in the USA by Dean Fitzer in 1927.
Fitzer seems to have been a radio announcer in Kansas City, but I can't verify this.
That's the earliest attestation I've found. The song doesn't appear in Lomax's "Cowboy Songs" until the 1938 edition.