Dakota Land

DESCRIPTION: "We've reached the land of desert sweet Where nothing grows for man to eat." "O Dakota land, sweet Dakota land, As on thy fiery soil I stand, I look across the plains And wonder why it never rains." Settlers stay only because "we are too poor to get away"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1914
KEYWORDS: pioneer hardtimes parody
FOUND IN: US(Ro)
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Sandburg, pp. 280-281, "Dakota Land" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fife-Cowboy/West 23, "Dakota Land" (3 texts, 1 tune)
Ohrlin-HBT 9, "Dakota Land" (1 text, 1 tune)
LPound-ABS, 86, p. 185, "Dakota Land" (1 text)
Cohen-AFS2, pp. 477-478, "Dakota Land" (1 text); p. 623, "Quincyland, My Quincyland" (1 text, a rewrite but still too close to "Dakota Land to bother splitting)
Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 155, "Dakotaland" (1 text, tune referenced); pp. 248-249, "Sweet Dakotaland" (1 text, 1 tune, perhaps a parody of this parody!)
Silber-FSWB, p. 119, "Dakota Land" (1 text)
DT, DAKOTLND* SWTDAKOT

Roud #4899
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Beulah Land" (tune)
cf. "Saskatchewan" (tune, theme)
cf. "Webfoot Land" (tune, theme)
NOTES: Although the "Dakota Land" form seems to be the most common in tradition, local versions have sprouted for much of the West. Thus the Fifes lists texts for "Dakota Land," "Nebraska Land," and "Missouri Land." "Saskatchewan" also follows this form, but it has been adapted enough that I think it qualifies as a separate song. - RBW
The Pankakes report this to the tune of "O Tannenbaum." Based on the sheet music I've seen, this is common but not universal. - RBW
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