“The Dying Outlaw”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1958
Keywords: death burial outlaw police
Found in: Canada(West)


"Come gather around me, my comrades and friends, The sun it is setting on life's short day.... Oh bury me on the lone prairie Where the hooves of the horses shall fall." The singer, killed by a "red-coated foeman," asks that his pony be buried with him


A Canadian member of the "Dying Cowboy/Unofrtunate Rake" family. Despite the line in the refrain, it does not seem to have been influenced by "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie." - RBW

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Cross references


  1. Fowke/Mills/Blume, pp. 139-141, "The Dying Outlaw (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fife-Cowboy/West 118, "The Dying Outlaw" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #10957
  4. BI, FMB139