Dear Prairie Home

DESCRIPTION: "There's a dear old homestead on Nebraska's fertile plain, Where I toiled my manhood's strength away, All that labor now is lost to me, but it is Shylock's gain." The unsuccessful farmer tells how bankers and lawyers combined to destroy his home
AUTHOR: Words: Luna E. (Mrs. J. T.) Kellie (1857-1940)
EARLIEST DATE: 1890 (Farmer's Alliance, September 27, 1890 edition, according to Welsch-NebraskaPioneerLore)
KEYWORDS: farming hardtimes lawyer commerce
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Cohen-AmericanFolkSongsARegionalEncyclopedia2, p. 491, "Dear Prairie Home" (1 text)
Welsch-NebraskaPioneerLore, pp. 65-66, "Dear Prairie Home" (1 text, tune referenced)

cf. "Darling Nelly Gray" (tune)
NOTES [12 words]: For background on Luna Kellie, see the notes to "Marching for Freedom." - RBW
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