© words & music by Annie Wilson
from CD Clean Curve of Hill Against Sky

Album note: The tallgrass prairie ecosystem once covered 140 million acres in North America, but less than 4% remains, mostly in the Kansas Flint Hills.  This anthem to the Flint Hills explains how they survived the plow, and today are enjoyed by all who cherish their wealth of wildlife and scenery.  

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This live performance video is illustrated with lovely Flint Hills scenery added by Dave Kendall.


Out west of the woodlands on the prairie's Great Plains 
Is a land where the tall grasses long have laid claim 
Where the Bluestem and Indian grasses still grow 
On the green rolling hills as they did long ago 

Their steep rocky soil would never allow 
The farmers to bring in their disc and their plow 
It protected our prairie when others were lost 
And saved the last place native grasses grow tall 

     On the last stand of the Tallgrass Prairie 
     Where cattle roam free and the cowboys are real 
     On the last stand of the Tallgrass Prairie 
     Our beautiful Kansas Flint Hills   

There are wildflower gardens on every hillside 
With ground-nesting birds singing songs to the sky 
There are rock-layered cliff banks that tell the Earth's story 
And sunset horizons of heavenly glory         


You can wade down a gentle meandering stream 
Ride horseback to places that look like a dream 
You can hike to the ridge-top to see the sun rise 
Or watch the flames leap in a real prairie fire