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State Songs

Seabishop

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Are there any state songs worse than this one? Are there Canadian Provincial songs? Its pretty new and I'm not even sure what it sounds like but the lyrics are bad enough.

Rhode Island's It for Me
Written by Charlie Hall
Music by Maria Day
Arranged by Kathryn Chester


I’ve been to every state we have,
and I think I’m inclined to say
that Rhody stole my heart:
You can keep the forty-nine.

Herring gulls that dot the sky,
blue waves that paint the rocks,
water rich with Neptune’s life,
the boats that line the docks.
I see the lighthouse flickering
to help the sailors see.
There’s a place for everyone:
Rhode Island’s It for Me.

Rhode Island, oh Rhode Island
surrounded by the sea.
Some people roam the earth for home;
Rhode Island’s It for Me.

I love the fresh October days,
the buzz on College Hill,
art that moves an eye to tear,
a jewelers special skill.
Icicles refract the sun,
snow falling gracefully.
Some search for a place that’s warm:
Rhode Island’s It for Me!

Rhode Island, oh Rhode Island
surrounded by the sea.
Some people roam the earth for home;
Rhode Island’s It for Me.

The skyline piercing Providence,
the State House dome so rare.
residents who speak their minds;
no longer unaware!
Roger Williams would be proud to see his colony,
so don’t sell short this precious port:
Rhode Island’s It for Me!

Rhode Island, oh Rhode Island
surrounded by the sea.
Some people roam the earth for home;
Rhode Island’s It for Me.

Rhode Island, oh Rhode Island
surrounded by the sea.
Some people roam the earth for home;
 

donk

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Here is NB's theme song and a link for teh other provinces. No idea of the tune or anything, did not know this piece of useless info until you asked.

The Land of New Brunswick
By Donald McLeod (1973)

Beautiful New Brunswick.
The Land of New Brunswick.
Hymne du bicentenaire du Nouveau-Brunswick/New Brunswick bicentennial hymn.
I'm heading for New Brunswick.
Les mademoiselles du Nouveau-Brunswick.
Mon Nouveau-Brunswick.
My land (New Brunswick).
Natif du Nouveau Brunswick.
New Brunswick.
New Brunswick by the sea.
New Brunswick celebrates.
New Brunswick, land I love/Nouveau-Brunswick, une terre que j'aime.
New Brunswick waltz.
Le Nouveau-Brunswick.
Old New Brunswick moon.
Take me back to old New Brunswick.
Welcome all to New Brunswick
 

Tranplanner

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I have no idea who wrote this merde, but I stole it from the site donk mentioned:

Ontario

Black flies of Ontario.
Je suis allé en Ontario.
Ontario.
Ontario, you've been more than fair to me.
A place to stand.
Take me back to old Ontario.
When it's mayflower time in old Ontario.

I much prefer the unofficial Canadian National Anthem - Bob and Doug McKenzie's "Take Off", which I unfortunately could not find the lyrics to. The Hockey Night in Canada theme works just as well.
 

donk

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I remember the song for ontario going something like this

give me a place to stand
and a place to grow
we'll call that place
ontari ari ari o

there are a few more stanzas but that is the gist of the chorus.
 

Dan

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Hey ... what about Alabama's state song?

If I leave here tomorrow, will you still remember me.
Cause I must be traveling on now, cause there's to many places I've got
to see.
And if I stay here with you girl, things just couldn't be the same.
Cause I'm as free as a bird now, and this bird you can not change.

oh,oh,oh,oh,oh and this bird you can not change,
and this bird you can not change
Lord knows I can't change.

Whoooooooooooooooo!!!!!! (rebel yells, shouts, and gunfire)
 

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Tranplanner said:
I much prefer the unofficial Canadian National Anthem - Bob and Doug McKenzie's "Take Off", which I unfortunately could not find the lyrics to. The Hockey Night in Canada theme works just as well.
Take Off
Bob & Doug McKenzie (with Geddy Lee)

(Transcribed from original recording)

(Spoken) This is where the DJ talks. Don't say anything, okay?
(Spoken) Okay, eh?

(Sung) Cooo, coo, coo, coo, coo, coo, coo, coooo!
(Sung) Cooo, coo, coo, coo, coo, coo, coo, coooo!

(Spoken) Okay. Good day. Welcome to our single. I'm Bob McKenzie and
this is my brother Doug.
(Spoken) How's it going, eh?

(Spoken) Beauty, eh?
(Spoken) Yeah, I like that.

(Spoken) Okay. (Okay.)
(Spoken) Okay, everyone. This record was my idea.
(Spoken) Get out!
(Spoken) It was.
(Spoken) You're lying!
(Spoken) He... Hosehead here just sort of rid on my coattails.
(Spoken) Why are you doing this? It was our idea together, eh?
(Spoken) Yeah, okay.
(Spoken) (Yeah, okay.)
(Spoken) We agreed to... to say that, but...
(Spoken) Ah, take off!

CHORUS:

Take off! To the Great White North!
Take off! It's a beauty way to go.
Take off! To the Great White North!

(Spoken) Decent singing, eh?
(Spoken) Yeah.
(Spoken) Yeah, he's good.
(Spoken) Okay, so Good Day. Our topic today is music.
(spoken) That's right like, cause my brother and I are now experts in
the field.
(Spoken) Yeah, right, cause we're a band now. (Yeah, yeah, so...)
(Spoken) And ummm... Well, except for him, I'm a band.
(Spoken) Aww. How can you do that? Making me look bad. You're such a
hosehead.
(Spoken) Yea? Well, take off!

CHORUS

(Guitar solo)

(Spoken) Hey, hosehead.
(Spoken) Yeah, what?
(Spoken) Yeah, listen to this what's coming. You know what it is?
(Spoken) What?
(Spoken) It's a drum solo!
(Spoken) Okay, everyone, like this is me on the drums!
(Spoken) Oh, get out! It is not. You're not...
(Spoken) It is so!
(Spoken) Stop lying, will ya?
(Spoken) Take off, eh!
(Spoken) Aww...

CHORUS x2

Take off!

Ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo, ooooo!
Ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo, ooooo!

(Repeat to end of song)

(Spoken) Beauty, eh?
(Spoken) Like magic, eh? It's coming in.
(Spoken) Well, that's like...
(Spoken) It's like it was sung by angels.
(Spoken) Hey, hosehead.
(Spoken) Yeah, what?
(Spoken) Guess what?
(Spoken) What?
(Spoken) It's over!
(Spoken) Take off! That can't be it!
(Spoken) Well... It is, yeah. Yeah, it is.
(Spoken) Why?
(Spoken) Because, well, hit records are short. Like, they...
(Spoken) No way.
(Spoken) ...yeah, they're not that long.
(Spoken) Okay. So, that's our topic for today. So, Good Day!
(Spoken) Good day!

(Shouted) Ay, you guys!
(Spoken) What?
(Shouted) Take off!

(Spoken) Wait! No!
(Spoken) Hey! Don't go!
(Spoken) No! Come back, eh?
(Spoken) Aww. Look what you did! Everybody's gone because of you! You said...
(Spoken) Come back! I won't let him do it again!
(Spoken) My fault, eh?
(Spoken) Yeah, your fault.
(Spoken) You are such a hoser.
(Spoken) There's no way I'll ever do another record with you Hoser.
(Spoken) Okay, that's fine! I'll do a solo album.
(Spoken) Fine then, you'll be looking for me...
(Spoken) Yeah? I will not.
(Spoken) ...on another label.
(Spoken) Aww. Now everybody's gone.
(Spoken) So?
(Spoken) Good day!
(Spoken) Good day!
 
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Give me a break!

Talk about sugary sweet:

Give Me Louisiana
Written by Doralice Fontane
Composed by Dr. John Croom

Give me Louisiana,
The state where I was born
The state of snowy cotton,
The best I've ever known;
A state of sweet magnolias,
And Creole melodies
Oh give me Louisiana,
The state where I was born
Oh what sweet old memories
The mossy old oaks bring
It brings us the story of our Evangeline
A state of old tradition,
of old plantation days
Makes good old Louisiana
The sweetest of all states.

Give me Louisiana,
A state prepared to share
That good old southern custom,
Hospitality so rare;
A state of fruit and flowers,
Of sunshine and spring showers
Oh give me Louisiana,
The state where I was born
Its woodlands, Its marshes
Where humble trappers live
Its rivers, Its valleys,
A place to always give
A state where work is pleasure,
With blessings in full measure
Makes good old Louisiana
The dearest of all states.

Give me Louisiana,
Where love birds always sing
In shady lanes or pastures,
The cowbells softly ring;
The softness of the sunset
Brings peace and blissful rest
Oh give me Louisiana,
The state where I was born
The smell of sweet clover
Which blossoms everywhere
The fresh new mown hay
Where children romp and play
A state of love and laughter,
A state for all here after
Makes good old Louisiana
The grandest of all states.
 

NHPlanner

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Do any of these state songs ever get used? They're horrible!

At least this isn't as bad as RI's!

Old New Hampshire
Written by Dr. John F. Holmes
Composed by Maurice Hoffmann

With a skill that knows no measure,
From the golden store of Fate
God, in His great love and wisdom,
Made the rugged Granite State;
Made the lakes, the fields, the forests;
Made the Rivers and the rills;
Made the bubbling, crystal fountains
Of New Hampshire's Granite Hills.

Old New Hampshire, Old New Hampshire
Old New Hampshire Grand and Great
We will sing of Old New Hampshire,
Of the dear old Granite State

Builded He New Hampshire glorious
From the borders to the sea;
And with matchless charm and splendor
Blessed her for eternity.
Here, the majesty of mountain;
Here, the grandeur of the lake;
Here, the truth as from the hillside
Whence her crystal waters break.

Old New Hampshire, Old New Hampshire
Old New Hampshire Grand and Great
We will sing of Old New Hampshire,
Of the dear old Granite State
 

Repo Man

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Quick, simple, and catchy!

On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Grand old badger state!
We, thy loyal sons and daughters,
Hail thee, good and great.
On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Champion of the right,
"Forward", our motto
God will give thee might!"
 

Seabishop

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Black flies of Ontario?

I like the way RI's song insults the other 49 states. I mean RI is nice but I'm pretty sure if I "roamed the Earth" I could find someplace a little nicer.
 

nerudite

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I love You California
Written by F. B. Silverwood
Composed by A. F. Frankenstein

I love you, California, you're the greatest state of all
I love you in the winter, summer, spring, and in the fall.
I love your fertile valleys; your dear mountains I adore,
I love your grand old ocean and I love her rugged shore.

chorus

I love your redwood forests - love your fields of yellow grain,
I love your summer breezes, and I love your winter rain,
I love you, land of flowers; land of honey, fruit and wine,
I love you, California; you have won this heart of mine.

chorus

I love your old gray Missions - love your vineyards streteching far,
I love you, California, with your Golden Gate ajar,
I love your purple sunsets, love your skies of azure blue,
I love you, California; I just can't help loving you.

chorus

I love you, Catalina - you are very dear to me,
I love you, Tamalpais, and I love Yosemite,
I love you, Land of Sunshine, half your beauties are untold,
I loved you in my childhood, and I'll love you when I'm old.

chorus

When the snow crowned Golden Sierras
Keep their watch o'er the valleys bloom.
It is there I would be in our land by the sea,
Ev'ry breeze bearing rich perfume,
It is here nature gives of her rarest,
It is Home Sweet Home to me.
And I know when I die I shall breathe my last sigh
For my sunny California.




I actually kind of like this one... it covers a lot of the things I love about California. Of course, it doesn't cover any of the things I hate about California (and why I moved away)... but it's not too bad.
 

Cardinal

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I think there was a parody of the California song in the movie "Moon Over Parador."
 

Mary Poppins

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Her's mine.....

I actually like this song....my Mom can sing the whole thing(not very well, but she can)


State of Maine Song
Written by Roger Vinton Snow
Composed by Roger Vinton Snow

Grand State of Maine, proudly we sing
To tell your glories to the land
To shout your praises till the echoes ring
Should fate unkind send us to roam
The scent of the fragrant pines,
The tang of the salty sea will call us home.

Oh, Pine Tree State
Your woods, fields and hills
Your lakes, streams and rockbound coast
Will ever fill our hearts with thrills
And tho' we seek far and wide
Our search will be in vain
To find a fairer spot on earth
Than Maine! Maine! Maine!
 

nerudite

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Sometimes I feel like I really live in Nova Scotia...

This song is sung frequently in my house (by my b.f.'s 10-year-old daughter)... Both my b.f. and his ex are from Nova Scotia, and the tradition lives on in their children (even though they are Albertans)...


The Bluenose.
Farewell to Nova Scotia.
Memories of Nova Scotia.
My Nova Scotia Home.
Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia home blues.
Nova Scotia is our home.
Nova Scotia lullaby.
Nova Scotia old home summer.
Nova Scotia sky.
Pathway to Nova Scotia.
Please don't sell Nova Scotia.
She's called Nova Scotia.
A song of Nova Scotia.
Take me back to Nova Scotia.


They also sing some other farewell to Nova Scotia song that isn't this one... but I don't know what it is. I guess there are a lot of songs about leaving Nova Scotia...
 

donk

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Leaving NS is a common theme, just ask Stan Rogers.

Then there is the unofficial anthem of NS, the privateers song used in the Keith's ads.
 

jmf

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donk said:
Leaving NS is a common theme, just ask Stan Rogers.

Then there is the unofficial anthem of NS, the privateers song used in the Keith's ads.
Barrett's Privateers
By Stan Rogers


Oh the year was seventeen seventy eight
I wish I were in Sherbrooke now!
A letter of marque came from the King
To the scummiest vessel I've ever seen
God Damn them all! I was told
We'd cruise the seas for American gold
We'd fire no guns, shed no tears
Now I'm a broken man on a Halifax pier
The last of Barrett's privateers.

Oh Elcid Barrett cried the town,
I wish I were in Sherbrooke now!
For twenty brave men, all fishermen, who
Would make for him the Antelope's crew,
God Damn them all! I was told
We'd cruise the seas for American gold
We'd fire no guns, shed no tears
Now I'm a broken man on a Halifax pier
The last of Barrett's privateers.

The Antelope sloop was a sickening sight.
She'd a list to port and her sails in rags,
And a cook in the scuppers with staggers and jags.

On the King's birthday we put to sea.
We were ninety-one days to Montego bay,
Pumping like madmen all the way.

On the ninety-sixth day we sailed again.
When a bloody great Yankee hove in sight
With our cracked four-pounders we made to fight

The Yankee lay low down with gold.
She was broad and fat and loose in stays,
But to catch her took the Antelope two whole days

Then at length we stood two cables away.
Our cracked four-pounders made an awful din,
But with one fat ball the Yank stove us in.

The Antelope shook and pitched on her side.
Barrett was smashed like a bowl of eggs,
And the maintruck carried off both me legs.

So here I lay in my twenty-third year.
It's been six years since we sailed away,
And I just made Halifax yesterday.


Copyright Fogarty's Cove Music, Inc.
 

nerudite

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Yeah... we have that song in mp3 format as well. Transplanted Nova Scotians are sentimental. I don't have any mp3s of "California Dreamin'" or "California Here I Come". But I guess I do have "Los Angeles" by X... which has always been the LA theme song of my youth.
 

SGB

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New York

I Love New York
Written by Steve Karmen
Composed by Steve Karmen

I LOVE NEW YORK
(repeat 3 times)

There isn't another like it.
No matter where you go.
And nobody can compare it.
It's win and place and show.
New York is special.
New York is diff'rent' cause there's no place else
on earth quite like New York and that's why

I LOVE NEW YORK.
(repeat 3 times)
 

Seabishop

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I've written new state songs to attract young people to the State.

This is the R&B version for the girls:

Girl, there’s no place else I’d rather be
The other forty-nine kiss my behind, our love most high you’ll see

All night long we’ll make love in historic Slater Mill
In Waterplace Park after dark we’ll make the night stand still

In Pawtucket we will [deleted] it’ll be just you and I
Somewhere in Woonsocket we’ll ride this rocket of love across the sky

(chorus)
Let me get it on with you, girl – in Rhode Island
Let me get it on with you, girl – in Rhode Island


This is the Nu-Metal version for the boys:

Rhode Island
Like a needle in my vein
Spiralling down
In a world so full of pain
Oceans of madness
Betrayed in my dirty cage
Down
Down
The dogs they howl
This disease is not a dream
In my head
In my head
The jaded demons scream

(chorus)
Just get the f#$@ away! GET AWAY!
 

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Yuck!

Iowa State Song
Written by S.H.M. Byers
To the music of Tannenbaum

You asked what land I love the best, Iowa, tis Iowa,
The fairest State of all the west, Iowa, O! Iowa,
From yonder Misissippi's stream
To where Missouri's waters gleam
O! fair it is as poet's dream, Iowa, in Iowa.

See yonders fields of tasseled corn, Iowa in Iowa,
Where plenty fills her golden horn, Iowa in Iowa,
See how her wonderous praries shine.
To yonder sunset’s purpling line,
O! happy land, O! land of mine, Iowa, O! Iowa.

And she has made whose laughing eyes, Iowa, O! Iowa.
To him whose loves were Paradise, Iowa, O! Iowa
O! happiest fate that e’er was known.
Such eyes to shine for one alone,
To call such beauty all his own. Iowa, O! Iowa

Go read the story of thy past. Iowa, O! Iowa
What glorious deeds, what fame thou hast! Iowa, O! Iowa
So long as time’s great cycle runs,
Or nations weep their fallen ones,
Thou’lt not forget thy patriot sons, Iowa, O! Iowa
 

dbarch

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As a former resident of Alabama (I was a kid . . . it wasn't my choice!), I'll take Dan's suggestion of "Freebird" any day over the REAL state song of Alabama:

Alabama
Written by Julia S. Tutwiler
Composed by Edna Gockel Gussen

Alabama, Alabama, We will aye be true to thee,
From thy Southern shores where groweth,
By the sea thy orange tree.
To thy Northern vale where floweth,
Deep blue the Tennessee,
Alabama, Alabama, we will aye be true to thee!

Broad thy stream whose name thou bearest;
Grand thy Bigbee rolls along;
Fair thy Coosa-Tallapoosa
Bold thy Warrior, dark and strong,
Goodlier than the land that Moses
Climbed lone Nebo's Mount to see,
Alabama, Alabama, we will aye be true to thee!

From thy prairies broad and fertile,
Where thy snow-white cotton shines,
To the hills where coal and iron
Hide in thy exausted mines,
Strong -armed miners -sturdy farmers;
Loyal hearts what'er we be,
Alabama, Alabama, we will aye be true to thee!

From thy quarries where the marble
White as that of Paros gleams
Waiting till thy sculptor'ss chisel,
Wake to life thy poet's dreams;
Fear not only wealth of nature,
Wealth of mind has no fee,
Alabama, Alabama, we will aye be true to thee!

Where the perfumed south-wind whispers,
Thy magnolia groves among,
Softer than a mother's kisses,
Sweeter than a mother's song,
Where the golden jasmine trailing,
Woos the treasure-laden bee,
Alabama, Alabama, we will aye be true to thee!

Brave and pure thy men and women,
Better this than corn and wine
Make us worthy, God in Heaven
Of this goodly land of Thine.
Hearts as open as thy doorways.
Liberal hands and spirits free.
Alabama, Alabama, we will aye be true to thee!

Little, little can I give thee,
Alabama, mother mine.
But that little - hand, brain, spirit.
All I have and am are thine.
Take, O take, the gift and giver.
Take and serve thyself with me.
Alabama, Alabama, we will aye be true to thee!
 

Zoning Goddess

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Our state song is "The Swanee River" (Old Folks at Home). A little dated, but at least a "known" song. I would have gone for "AIA" myself. Our state web site also says the state gem is moonstone (I would have thought sand) and the play is "Cross and Sword" (about the conquistador types). Fat, middle-aged redneck state legislators sometimes make curious choices.
 

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Missouri

Missouri's is the Missouri Waltz. Interesting tidbit of information. At every Inauguration, the Governor and the First Lady dance to this song. The only governor who didn't was John Ashcroft (1984 - 1992). I've never heard it before, so who knows if it's a decent tune or not. :cool:


Missouri Waltz
Written by James Royce Shannon
Music by John Valentine Eppel as arranged by Frederick Knight Logan

Hush-a-bye, ma baby, slumber time is comin' soon;
Rest yo' head upon my breast, while mommy hums a tune;
The sandman is callin', where shadows are fallin',
While the soft breezes sigh as in days long gone by.

Way down in Missouri where I heard this melody,
When I was a little child on my mommy's knee;
The old folks were hummin', their banjos were strummin'
So sweet and low.

Strum, strum, strum, strum, strum,
Seems I hear those banjos playin' once again,
Hum, hum, hum, hum, hum,
That same old plaintive strain.
Hum, hum, hum, hum, hum,
That same old plaintive strain.

Hear that mournful melody,
It just haunts you the whole day long,
And you wander in dreams, back to Dixie, it seems,
When you hear that old song.

Hush a-bye, my baby, go to sleep on Mommy's knee,
Journey back to Dixieland in dreams again with me;
It seems like your Mommy is there again,
And the old folks were strummin' that old refrain.

Way down in Missouri where I learned this lullaby,
When the stars were blinkin' and the moon was climbin' high,
Seems I hear voices low, as in days long ago
Singin' hush a-bye.
 

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Oh why not!
Here is the State Song of Kansas

"Original" text by
Dr. Brewster Higley (1876)

Oh, give me a home where the Buffalo roam
Where the Deer and the Antelope play;
Where never is heard a discouraging word,
And the sky is not clouded all day.


CHORUS
A home! A home!
Where the Deer and the Antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the sky is not clouded all day.


Oh! give me a land where the bright diamond sand
Throws its light from the glittering streams,
Where glideth along the graceful white swan,
Like the maid in her heavenly dreams.


Oh! give me a gale of the Solomon vale,
Where the life streams with buoyancy flow;
On the banks of the Beaver, where seldom if ever,
Any poisonous herbage doth grow.


How often at night, when the heavens were bright,
With the light of the twinkling stars
Have I stood here amazed, and asked as I gazed,
If their glory exceed that of ours.


I love the wild flowers in this bright land of ours,
I love the wild curlew's shrill scream;
The bluffs and white rocks, and antelope flocks
That graze on the mountains so green.


The air is so pure and the breezes so fine,
The zephyrs so balmy and light,
That I would not exchange my home here to range
Forever in azures so bright.



William and Mary Goodwin (1904)
Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam,
Where the deer and the antelope play;
There seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the sky is not cloudy all day.


CHORUS A home, a home
Where the deer and the antelope play,
There seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the sky is not cloudy all day.


Yes, give me the gleam of the
swift mountain stream
And the place where no hurricane blows;
Oh, give me the park where the prairie dogs bark And the mountain all covered with snow.


Oh, give me the hills and the ring of the drills
And the rich silver ore in the ground;
Yes, give me the gulch where the miner can sluice
And the bright, yellow gold can be found.


Oh, give me the mine where the prospectors find
The gold in its own native land;
And the hot springs below where the sick people go
And camp on the banks of the Grande.


Oh, give me the steed and the gun that I need
To shoot game for my own cabin home;
Then give me the camp where the fire is the lamp
And the wild Rocky Mountains to roam.


Yes, give me the home where the prospectors roam
Their business is always alive
In these wild western hills
midst the ring of the drills
Oh, there let me live till I die.



John A. Lomax (1910)
Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day.


CHORUS Home, home on the range,
Where the deer and the antelope play;
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day.


Where the air is so pure, the zephyrs so free,
The breezes so balmy and light,
That I would not exchange my home on the range
For all of the cities so bright.


The red man was pressed from this part of the West
He's likely no more to return,
To the banks of Red River where seldom if ever
Their flickering camp-fires burn.


How often at night when the heavens are bright
With the light from the glittering stars
Have I stood here amazed and asked as I gazed
If their glory exceeds that of ours.


Oh, I love these wild flowers
in this dear land of ours
The curlew I love to hear scream,
And I love the white rocks and the antelope flocks
That graze on the mountain-tops green.


Oh, give me a land where the bright diamond sand
Flows leisurely down the stream;
Where the graceful white swan goes gliding along
Like a maid in a heavenly dream.
 

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Zoning Goddess said:
Our state song is "The Swanee River" (Old Folks at Home). A little dated, but at least a "known" song.
Slightly OT: a couple months ago, RJ and I visited the Stephen Foster (author of the state song) State Park near Lake City, FL. Located, of course, on the banks of the Suwannee River. It was interesting.
 

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Queen B said:
Oh why not!
Here is the State Song of Kansas

"Original" text by
Dr. Brewster Higley (1876)

Oh, give me a home where the Buffalo roam
Where the Deer and the Antelope play;
Where never is heard a discouraging word,
And the sky is not clouded all day.

CHORUS
A home! A home!
Where the Deer and the Antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the sky is not clouded all day. ....
Isn't that "Home on the Range?"
Dang, if I knew it was so acceptable to rip off artist's works so blatently I woulda started in the state song business long ago.

Here's an excerpt from a little ditty I just dashed off. I call it Michigan's State Song
(sung to the tune of We Will Rock You)

Buddy you're a boy make a big noise
Playin' in the street gonna be a big man some day
You got mud on yo' face
You big disgrace
Kickin' your can all over the place
Singin'

Michigan will Michigan will rock you
Michigan will Michigan will rock you



Y'all like that one? I got more! I'll write one for Iowa right now. No charge.
(Sung to the tune of Sharp Dressed Man)

Clean shirt, new shoes
and I don't know where I am goin' to.
Silk suit, black tie,
I don't need a reason why.
They come runnin' just as fast as they can
coz everybody's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed Iowan.

Gold watch, diamond ring,
I ain't missin' a single thing.
And cufflinks, stick pin,
when I step out I'm gonna do you in.
They come runnin' just as fast as they can
coz everybody's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed Iowan.
 

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Well, according to the Bloodhound Gang, all of Pennsylvania's problems are a result of having a bad state song. They are currently heading up a campaign to change that and make tomorrow better for all Pennsylvanians. :-D
http://www.pennsylvaniastatesong.com/

language alert
 

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Here's Montana's official state song.


Montana
Written by Charles C. Cohan
Composed by Joseph E. Howard

Tell me of that Treasure State
Story always new,
Tell of its beauties grand
And its hearts so true.
Mountains of sunset fire
The land I love the best
Let me grasp the hand of one
From out the golden West.

Montana, Montana,
Glory of the West
Of all the states from coast to coast,
You're easily the best.
Montana, Montana,
Where skies are always blue
M-O-N-T-A-N-A,
Montana, I love you.

Each country has its flow'r;
Each one plays a part,
Each bloom brings a longing hope
To some lonely heart.
Bitter Root to me is dear
Growing in my land
Sing then that glorious air
The one I understand.

Montana, Montana,
Glory of the West
Of all the states from coast to coast,
You're easily the best.
Montana, Montana,
Where skies are always blue
M-O-N-T-A-N-A,
Montana, I love you.
 

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giff57 said:
Man, that song is bad. I always grew up believing that the following song was the Iowa state song, but it seems that Giff's song is the official state song. This one is almost as bad; it was written by a bunch of drunken Shriners:

Let's sing of Grand old I-O-Way,
Yo-Ho, yo-ho, yo-ho
Our love is strong-er ev-'ry day,
Yo-Ho, yo-ho, yo-ho
So come a-long and join the throng,
Sev-'ral hun-dred thou-sand strong
As you come just sing this song,
Yo-Ho, yo-ho, yo-ho

We're from I-O-way, I-O-way.
State of all the land,
Joy on ev-'ry hand.
We're from I-O-way, I-O-way.
That's where the tall corn grows

Our land is full of ripe-ning corn,
Yo-Ho, yo-ho, yo-ho
We've watched it grow both night and morn,
Yo-Ho, yo-ho, yo-ho
But now we rest, we've stood the test.
All that's good we have the best
I-O-way has reached the crest,
Yo-Ho, yo-ho, yo-ho

We're from I-O-way, I-O-way.
State of all the land,
Joy on ev-'ry hand.
We're from I-O-way, I-O-way.
That's where the tall corn grows

We're from I-O-way, I-O-way.
State of all the land,
Joy on ev-'ry hand.
We're from I-O-way, I-O-way.
That's where the tall corn grows​
I'm afraid to ask what "joy on ev-'ry hand" means.:a:
 

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This one makes me want to vomit...:victory:



Texas, Our Texas
Written by William J. Marsh and Gladys Yoakum Wright
Composed by William J. Marsh

Texas, Our Texas! all hail the mighty State!
Texas, Our Texas! so wonderful so great!
Boldest and grandest, withstanding ev'ry test
O Empire wide and glorious, you stand supremely blest.
(Chorus)

Texas, O Texas! your freeborn single star,
Sends out its radiance to nations near and far,
Emblem of Freedom! it set our hearts aglow,
With thoughts of San Jacinto and glorious Alamo.
(Chorus)

Texas, dear Texas! from tyrant grip now free,
Shines forth in splendor, your star of destiny!
Mother of heroes, we come your children true,
Proclaiming our allegiance, our faith, our love for you.
(Chorus)


Chorus:
God bless you Texas! And keep you brave and strong,
That you may grow in power and worth, throughout the ages long.
God bless you Texas! And keep you brave and strong,
That you may grow in power and worth, throughout the ages long.


"Texas, Our Texas," the official state song of Texas, was adopted by the Texas Legislature in 1929.
 

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NHPlanner said:
Take Off
Bob & Doug McKenzie (with Geddy Lee)
I remember BLASTING this song as my buddy and drove to Denver International to "Take Off to the Great White North" (Vancouver).

I also like the song because I like Rush. :-D
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No one mentioned any John Denver for his Colorado songs...:-$ :-o
All that's all I will say about that...:cool: :-$
 
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