Song of the Day: Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie by William Elliot Whitmore

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Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie” is a cowboy folk song. Also known as “The Cowboy’s Lament”, “The Dying Cowboy” and “Bury Me Out on the Lone Prairie”, the song is described as the most famous cowboy ballad.

Lyrics:

“Oh bury me not on the lone prairie.”
Where the coyotes wail and the wind blows free.
And when I die, don’t bury me
beneath the western sky, on the lone prairie.

“Oh bury me not on the lone prairie.”
This words came soft and painfully
from the pallid lips of a youth who lay
on his dyin’ bed, at the break of day.

But we buried him there, on the lone prairie
where the rattle snakes hiss and the wind blows free.
In a shallow grave, no one to grieve
beneath the western sky, on the lone prairie.

“Oh bury me not on the lone prairie.”
These words came soft and painfully
from the pallid lips of a youth who lay
on his dyin’ bed, at the break of day.
On his dyin’ bed, at the break of day.

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Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time. Based on a sailor’s song, the song has been recorded by many artists, including Moe Bandy, Johnny Cash, Burl Ives, The Residents, Tex Ritter, Roy Rogers and William Elliott Whitmore.

This version of “Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie” was used in the popular video game Red Dead Redemption, sung by William Elliott Whitmore

William Elliott Whitmore

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Birth name William Elliott Whitmore
Born May 11, 1978 (age 38)
Lee County, Iowa, United States
Genres Alternative country, blues, folk
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, banjo
Years active 1999–present
Labels ANTI-, Southern Records, Scenester Credentials
Website williamelliottwhitmore.com

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