The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie

Cat. #0922 (MFH #81) - As sung by Ollie Gilbert, Mountain View, Arkansas on October 7, 1969

VERSE 1
O, bury me not on th lone prairie
These words came low an' mournfully
From th lips of a youth who lay on his dyin' bed
At the close of day an' to 'em he said

VERSE 2
O, bury me not on th lone prairie
Where th wild cowote will howl o'er me
In a narrow grave, six by three
Bury me not on th lone prairie

VERSE 3
It matters not, I've been told
Where th body lays when th heart is cold
But grant, O grant this wish for me
An' bury me not on th lone prairie

VERSE 4
I've always wished when I died
I'd be laid in th church yard on th green hillside
By my Father's grave let hit be
Bury me not on th lone prairie

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