“Way Out West in Kansas”


Complaints about life "Way out west in Kansas": "The sun's so hot the eggs will hatch... It'll pop the corn in a popcorn patch." The people are prone to fighting and often physically peculiar; the lack of amusements makes for a boring life


There's a Gene Autry recording, "'Way Out West in Texas" (Conqueror 8193, 1933; Conqueror 9513, 1940) which is probably the same song, but as I haven't heard it I'm putting it here as a note instead of adding it to the official recordings list. - PJS

Cross references


  • Vernon Dalhart & Co. "Way Out West in Kansas" (Edison 51459, 1925)
  • Art Gilliam (The Whispering Pianist), "Way Out West in Kansas" (Columbia 238-D, 1924)
  • Billy Murray & Ed. Smalle "Way Out West in Kansas" (Victor 19442, 1924)
  • Anna Underhill, "Away Out West in Kansas" (on FineTimes)


  1. Fife-Cowboy/West 32, "In Kansas" (2 texts, 1 tune, the "B" text being this piece while the "A" text is "In Kansas")
  2. Roud #4455
  3. BI, FCW032B


Author: Carson Robison
Earliest date: 1924 (recording, Billy Murray & Ed. Smalle)
Keywords: home family
Found in: US(MW)