Originally an 1873 published poem, "My Western Home," by Kansas native Brewster M. Higley, set to music by his friend Daniel E. Kelly. The first line of the celebrated chorus was originally "A home! A home!" and became "Home, home on the range..." in John Lomax's 1910 version. Officially the Kansas State Song as of 1947 and unofficially as much the anthem of the Old American West as any song in existence.
Lyrics by British actor/dramatist John Howard Payne, music by Sir Henry Bishop, from the opera "Clari, Maid of Milan," 1823. Popular worldwide now for nearly two centuries, the first & last word evoking the fundamental longing for home, wherever that may be.
Words & music by Irving Berlin(1888-1989), 1922 addition to the already crowded genre of Heading-Home-Down-South.
Music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Irving Caesar, 1919. The song that launched the storied Gershwin career. The most famous of a host of songs derived from Stephen Foster's lyric "Way down upon the Swanee River" ("Old Folks At Home," 1851), extolling a dreamy, mythological Paradise Lost Down South.