Scroll down for a lead sheet for Home on the Range that includes the melody and chords, with versions of the song in seven different keys. There are also links to the song for piano, recorder, woodwind, brass, and string instruments.
The popular song Home on the Range has a very interesting and complicated history that involves a United States president, fraudulent composers, and the stories of many cowboys and pioneers in the old west. For many years, no one knew who composed Home on the Range, because for several decades the song had been passed from one person to another by word of mouth. Many cowboys could sing or play an instrument, but few of them read music, so they learned to play tunes by ear instead. The song’s catchy melody made it easy to remember, and it became very popular in the US.
Not long after Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president (in 1932), he said that Home on the Range was his favorite song. As a result, the song became widely performed and recorded by many musicians. However, in 1934, William and Mary Goodwin of Arizona claimed that they had composed the song in 1904, and they filed law suits to collect copyright revenue. The suit prompted lawyers and historians to search further for the true composer of the song, and in 1935, it was found that the song dated back to the 1870s. It was determined that the original author of the lyrics was a doctor in Kansas named Brewster M. Higley, and that the composer of the music was a friend of his named Daniel E. Kelley. For more information on the history of the song, visit the Library of Congress page on Home on the Range.
Home on the Range for flute
Home on the Range for oboe
Home on the Range for clarinet
Home on the Range for bassoon
Home on the Range for alto saxophone
Home on the Range for tenor saxophone
Home on the Range for trumpet
Home on the Range for French horn
Home on the Range for trombone
Home on the Range for tuba