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Thread #42786   Message #621994
Posted By: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
06-Jan-02 - 12:03 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
Joe- what were you doing with a Girl Scout Handbook?

Here is the story of the song in Ohrlin's words. "The tune of "My Home's in Montana" is the same as the usual old tune of "The Cowboy's Lament" before they started calling the "Lament" "The Streets of Laredo." Ginn and Company took the words 'my home's in Montana, I wear a bandana" from Margaret Larkin's book "The Singing Cowboy" and wrote the rest of the first verse and the second and third verses to make a good cowboy song for kids. Larkin reports her version of the "Lament" as given by a Montana cowboy. My friend Bill Ramsey of ..Arkansas..tells me they had a song that started the same way when he was a boy in Billings MT. ...his father's hands made up numerous unprintable verses to sort of round it out. So there are probably other songs that started with "my home's in Montana." Ohrlin never found any of these verses. Anyone out there know any of these verses?