“My Home's in Montana”


"My home's in Montana, I wear a bandana, My spurs are of silver, my pony is gray. While riding the ranges my luck never changes, With my foot in the stirrup I gallop for aye." The cowboy sketches the life of a horseman following cattle in the wilderness


This was apparently composed (based on elements of "The Streets of Laredo") as a cowboy song suitable for young people. There are reports of versions from Montana, possibly unprintable. See the notes in Ohrlin for the background.

Larkin's text may be a "missing link": It's largely "Streets of Laredo," but it starts with the "home in Montana" half-verse. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Ohrlin-HBT 1, "My Home's in Montana" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 247, "My Home's in Montana" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Larkin, pp. 30-31, "The Cowboy's Lament" (1 text, 1 tune, with four verses that are clearly "Streets of Laredo" but an opening that is "My Home's in Montana")
  4. BI, Ohr001


Author: Words: Christine Turner Curtis (?)
Earliest date: 1936 ("Singing Days" series)
Keywords: work cowboy nonballad
Found in: US