Camp Fire Songs

It is true that there are several songs that seem to be campfire standards. Here are some camp fire song book gems that you may or may not be familiar with. They are excellent songs to include in your campfire singalong.

 

•    Home on the Range: Home on the Range is often considered the anthem of the Old West. I picture a group of cowboys or pioneers sitting around a campfire singing this song. It would have had to happen after the 1870s, because that is when it was written. A doctor, Brewster M. Higley, wrote the words. It was originally a poem called “My Western Home.” It was first published in December of 1873 in Kansas under the title “Oh, Give Me a Home Where the Buffalo Roam.” Higley later had a friend named Dan Kelley write music to go with the words. The song became popular and was sung by cowboys, pioneers and just about everybody knew the song. In 1947 it became the official state song of Kansas. When you sing this song, it brings into your mind a vision of what it must have been like in the old west; prairies of tall grass; deer, antelope, buffalo and other animals wandering; starry nights; clear blue skies during the day. Can you think of a more peaceful scene? When life gets hectic from work, family and other activities, this is a good simple song to sing to get away from it all, even if just for 30 seconds.

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