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The Lake Wobegon Songbook

December 11, 2008 | 3 Comments

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I'm interested to know if you've ever written a song about Lake Wobegon. The closing line about strong women, good looking men, and above average children has the makings of a classic country tune. I'd love to hear the tune if there is one from older shows.

David M.
Ballston Spa, NY


There have been a number, David. There's the "Lake Wobegon Hymn" ("Morning light, soft and bright, Wobegon reveals. Early frost all across farm and woods and fields") with music by Dvořák. Lake Wobegon High School has the Alma Mater. There's "One More Spring In Minnesota (To Come Upon Lake Wobegon)" with music by Peter Ostroushko. "Sons of Knute Christmas Dance and Dinner" is one we still do every year. There's "Slow Days of Summer" and "Summer in Lake Wobegon" and "Song of the Exiles" and then there's a song about the "Lake Wobegon Trail" which wends its way through Stearns County. A bike trail. Here are the links, if you're interested.

My Minnesota Home
Lake Wobegon Hymn (audio)
Alma Mater (audio in the News from Lake Wobegon)
One More Spring in Minnesota
Sons of Knute Christmas Dance and Dinner (audio)
Slow Days of Summer
Summer in Lake Wobegon
Song of the Exiles (audio in the News from Lake Wobegon)
Lake Wobegon Bike Trail


Mr. Keillor, Thank you for the compilation of Lake Wobegon songs you put together for David M. I have listened to them all, and they bring back a flood of memories from my more than 20 years of listening to the program, whatever name it had at a given moment. Is there any chance of this compilation coming out on CD or by other means?

Bill Mc Donald

Mr. Keillor,
I especially like the song you sang years ago about the big horses taking you home from the harvest fields at the end of summer, Brownie and Pete.
Sing it again sometime!

Until such time as Mr. Keillor and the Prairie Home Companion perform it again on the program, you can find it on "The Hopeful Gospel Quartet" album. I see you love it as much as we do!

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