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State songs : anthems and their origins
Hladczuk, John.
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2000.
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xix, 219 pages ; 28 cm
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America: "Land of the free and the home of the brave." The United States has long been using song as a way of capturing its unique identity. Now, in one volume, official songs from every state (except Michigan and New Jersey, which have no official song) have been compiled. This text is a tremendous resource, from which readers will gain insight into the heritage of American statehood. Histories of these songs, biographical information about the composers and lyricists, and background on each song's entrance into status as "official" make this source the most comprehensive in existence. The entries include sheet music, allowing readers to reproduce for themselves the tunes that have proved so important in the history of the Union. Music teachers, history teachers, librarians, and anyone else interested in learning more about the United States will not want to be without State Songs. Organized alphabetically by state.

Author Notes

John Hladczuk has published and worked in the areas of literacy, reading, sports law, and music. He is currently co-director of the State Song Project. Sharon Schneider Hladczuk is currently pursuing interests in the arts, spirituality, and women's issues. Their previous publications include Literacy/Illiteracy in the World, General Issues in Literacy/Illiteracy, and Sports Law and Legislation.

Table of Contents

Author's Notep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
1 Alabamap. 3
Composer: Edna Gockel-Gussen
Lyricist: Julia S. Tutwiler
2 Alaskap. 9
"Alaska's Flag"
Composer: Elinor Dusenbury
Lyricist: Marie Drake
3 Arizonap. 12
"Arizona March Song"
Composer: Maurice Blumenthal
Lyricist: Margaret Rowe Clifford
Composer: Rex Allen Jr.
Lyricist: Rex Allen Jr.
4 Arkansasp. 19
Composer: Eva Ware Barnett
Lyricist: Eva Ware Barnett
"Arkansas (You Run Deep in Me)"
Composer: Wayland Holyfield
Lyricist: Wayland Holyfield
"Oh, Arkansas"
Composer: Gary Klaff, Mark Weinstein
Lyricists: Terry Rose, Gary Klaff
5 Californiap. 28
"I Love You, California"
Composer: Alfred F. Frankenstein
Lyricist: F. B. Silverwood
6 Coloradop. 33
"Where the Columbines Grow"
Composer: Dr. Arthur J. Fynn
Lyricist: Dr. Arthur J. Fynn
7 Connecticutp. 38
"Yankee Doodle"
8 Delawarep. 41
"Our Delaware"
Composer: William M. S. Brown
Lyricist: George B. Hynson
9 Floridap. 44
"Old Folks at Home"
Composer: Stephen C. Foster
Lyricist: Stephen C. Foster
10 Georgiap. 48
"Georgia on My Mind"
Composer: Hoagy Carmichael
Lyricist: Stuart Gorrell
11 Hawaiip. 53
"Hawaii Ponoi"
Composer: Henry Berger
Lyricist: King David Kalakaua
12 Idahop. 56
"Here We Have Idaho"
Composer: Sallie Hume-Douglas
Lyricist: McKinley Helm
13 Illinoisp. 58
Composer: Archibald Johnston
Lyricist: Charles H. Chamberlin
14 Indianap. 60
"On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away"
Composer: Paul Dresser
Lyricist: Paul Dresser
15 Iowap. 65
Composer: Traditional
Lyricist: S.H.M. Byers
16 Kansasp. 67
"Home on the Range"
Composer: Daniel E. Kelley
Lyricist: Dr. Brewster Higley
17 Kentuckyp. 71
"My Old Kentucky Home"
Composer: Stephen C. Foster
Lyricist: Stephen C. Foster
18 Louisianap. 76
"Give Me Louisiana"
Composer: Doralice Fontane
Lyricist: Doralice Fontane
"You Are My Sunshine"
Composers: Jimmie Davis, Charles Mitchell
Lyricists: Jimmie Davis, Charles Mitchell
19 Mainep. 79
"State of Maine Song"
Composer: Roger Vinton Snow
Lyricist: Roger Vinton Snow
20 Marylandp. 84
"Maryland, My Maryland!"
Composer: Traditional
Lyricist: James Ryder Randall
21 Massachusettsp. 88
"All Hail to Massachusetts"
Composer: Arthur J. Marsh
Lyricist: Arthur J. Marsh
22 Michigan
At the time of going to press, Michigan had no official state song
23 Minnesotap. 91
"Hail! Minnesota"
Composer: Truman E. Rickard
Lyricists: Truman E. Rickard, Arthur E. Upson
24 Mississippip. 93
"Go, Mississippi"
Composer: Houston Davis
Lyricist: Houston Davis
25 Missourip. 96
"The Missouri Waltz"
Composer: John V. Eppel
Lyricist: J. R. Shannon
26 Montanap. 102
Composer: Joseph E. Howard
Lyricist: Charles Cohan
27 Nebraskap. 106
"Beautiful Nebraska"
Composer: Jim Fras
Lyricists: Jim Fras, Guy Miller
28 Nevadap. 110
"Home Means Nevada"
Composer: Bertha E. Raffetto
Lyricist: Bertha E. Raffetto
29 New Hampshirep. 115
"Old New Hampshire"
Composer: Maurice Hoffmann Jr.
Lyricist: Dr. John F. Holmes
30 New Jersey
At the time of going to press, New Jersey had no official state song
31 New Mexicop. 119
"O, Fair New Mexico"
Composer: Elizabeth Garrett
Lyricist: Elizabeth Garrett
"Asi Es Nuevo Mexico"
Composer: Amadeo Lucero
Lyricist: Amadeo Lucero
32 New Yorkp. 126
"I Love New York"
Composer: Steve Karmen
Lyricist: Steve Karmen
33 North Carolinap. 132
"The Old North State"
Composer: R. Culver
Lyricist: William Gaston
34 North Dakotap. 135
"North Dakota Hymn"
Composer: Dr. C. S. Putnam
Lyricist: James Foley
35 Ohiop. 138
"Beautiful Ohio"
Composer: Mary Earl
Lyricist: Ballard MacDonald
36 Oklahomap. 142
Composer: Richard Rodgers
Lyricist: Oscar Hammerstein II
37 Oregonp. 148
"Oregon, My Oregon"
Composer: Henry B. Murtagh
Lyricist: John A. Buchanan
38 Pennsylvaniap. 150
Composers: Eddie Khoury, Ronnie Bonner
Lyricists: Eddie Khoury, Ronnie Bonner
39 Rhode Islandp. 153
"Rhode Island's It for Me"
Composer: Maria Day
Lyricist: Charlie Hall
40 South Carolinap. 159
Composer: Anne Custis Burgess
Lyricist: Henry Timrod
"South Carolina: The Palmetto State"
Composer: Lily Strickland
Lyricist: Harry Russell Wilkins
"South Carolina on My Mind"
Composers: Hank Martin, Buzz Arledge
Lyricists: Hank Martin, Buzz Arledge
41 South Dakotap. 167
"Hail! South Dakota"
Composer: Deecort Hammitt
Lyricist: Deecort Hammitt
42 Tennesseep. 170
"My Homeland, Tennessee"
Composer: Roy Lamont Smith
Lyricist: Nell Grayson Taylor
"When It's Iris Time in Tennessee"
Composer: Willa Mae Waid
Lyricist: Willa Mae Waid
"My Tennessee"
Composer: Frances Hannah Tranum
Lyricist: Frances Hannah Tranum
"Tennessee Waltz"
Composers: Redd Stewart, Pee Wee King
Lyricists: Redd Stewart, Pee Wee King
"Rocky Top"
Composers: Boudleaux Bryant, Felice Bryant
Lyricists: Boudleaux Bryant, Felice Bryant
Composer: Vivian Rorie
Lyricist: Vivian Rorie
43 Texasp. 186
"Texas, Our Texas"
Composer: William J. Marsh
Lyricists: Gladys Yoakum Wright, William J. Marsh
44 Utahp. 189
"Utah, We Love Thee"
Composer: Evan Stephens
Lyricist: Evan Stephens
45 Vermontp. 192
"Hail, Vermont"
Composer: Josephine Hovey Perry
Lyricist: Josephine Hovey Perry
46 Virginiap. 195
"Carry Me Back to Old Virginia"
Composer: James Bland
Lyricist: James Bland
47 Washingtonp. 199
"Washington My Home"
Composer: Helen Davis
Lyricist: Helen Davis
48 West Virginiap. 204
"West Virginia, My Sweet Home"
Composer: Col. Julian G. Hearne
Lyricist: Col. Julian G. Hearne
"The West Virginia Hills"
Composer: H. E. Engle
Lyricist: Ellen King
"This Is My West Virginia"
Composer: Iris Bell
Lyricist: Iris Bell
49 Wisconsinp. 207
"On, Wisconsin!"
Composer: William T. Purdy
Lyricist: Carl Beck
50 Wyomingp. 211
"Wyoming March Song"
Composer: George E. Knapp
Lyricist: Charles E. Winter
Index of Song Titlesp. 215
About the Authorsp. 219