© words & music by Annie Wilson 
from CD Peace on the Prairie

Album Notes:  Coyotes play an important role in the tallgrass prairie ecosystem as one of the few predators left - plus they sing!   People who haven’t heard their wild choruses might not believe how crazy they sound. We love it, and always welcome their evening songs that keep us entertained year-around.

This song won First Place in Other 2020 in the Walnut Valley NewSongs songwriting contest.


A coyote sings his evening song 
A haunting howl he bellows long 
   While shadows on the hilltops fade 
As sunset turns the prairie dark 
Soon his mate begins to bark 
   They start the coyote serenade 

It echoes down the trail a mile 
She’s singin’ out - coyote style 
   The finest song that nature plays 
Points her head up to the sky 
Sends her song out through the night 
    She sings the coyote serenade 

Oooo - ooo     Oooo - ooo     Oooo 
Oooo - ooo     Oooo - ooo     Oooo 

Next some yelps and little nips 
As all her pups begin to yip 
   We hear the funny sounds they make 
Howls and barks, cries and screams 
Conjure up the strangest dreams 
    They sing the coyote serenade 

Then a glee club full of crazy cries 
Ricochets across the sky 
   It’s eerie but we’re not afraid 
One single coyote sounds like ten 
It’s prob’ly just a couple dens 
   They sing the coyote serenade 


Their songs float out across the hills 
Showin’ off their singin’ skills 
   At closing of the prairie day 
These wild dogs can sing a song 
Makes you want to sing along 
   They sing the coyote serenade 


Then coyotes stop their wild jest 
And settle down to take a rest 
    Their chorus slowly fades away 
As moonlight hits the meadow trail 
One final melancholy wail 
   Ends their coyote serenade 

Oooo - oooo

Thank you to all the Kansas Photographers (listed in video) who contributed these amazing coyote photographs.