“Home on the Range” is regarded by many as the unofficial anthem of the American west and has actually been adopted as the state song of Kansas.
The song is based on a poem written by Dr. Brewster Higley in 1871. He had moved to Kansas under he Homestead Act, and was so inspired by his new surroundings that he wrote the poem in praise of the setting.
It was put to music a bit later by Daniel E. Kelley, and published to sheet music in 1925. The most famous version was recorded by Bing Crosby in 1933, and the song eventually became a kind of western hymn.
An animated Disney film by the same name was released in 2004.
This arrangement of “Home on the Range” is available in several keys, and is a great practice track for new guitar players.