Disc B-6.  Bury Me Not – Cowboy Medley
© words & music by Annie Wilson 2014

Album Note:  In creating this new arrangement of several
early day cowboy songs collected by folklorists J. Frank
Dobie & John Lomax, I’ve followed the folk tradition of
adapting, combining, and composing.  
In the trail-driving days of the 1870’s and in custom-
grazing today, many cattle come up from the southwest to
fatten on Flint Hills pastures, so the Mexico-Texas-
Kansas connection remains strong.

Lyrics:

Oh bury me not on the lone prairie
Where the coyotes howl and the wind blows free
Where the dewdrops glow and the songbirds rest
And the flowers bloom by their prairie nest

These lonesome words  are the last he’d tell
   As he closed his eyes in his sad farewell

Oh bury me not on the lone prairie
Where the buff-a-loes cross the prairie sea
May the wild rose bloom as the breezes wave
If I have to sleep in a prairie grave

I’m goin to leave old Texas now
They’ve got no use for the longhorn cow
They’ve plowed and fenced my cattle range
And the people there are all so strange

I’ll take my horse, I’ll take my rope
I’ll hit the trail on a long slow lope

The hard, hard ground  will be my bed
And the saddle seat will hold my head

I’ll make my home  on the open range
For the people there  are not so strange
I’ll bid adios to the Alamo
And turn my head down to Mexico
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