My Michigan

  My Michigan is the official state anthem of Michigan. The lyrics were written by Giles Kavanagh and the music by H. O’Reilly Clint in 1933. Clint’s music company published the song. The Michigan legislature adopted the song in 1937. The song is currently under copyright and rarely sung at official state functions.   Photos Read More

Old Cape Cod

  One of the places you think about in Massachusetts is Cape Cod {along with Boston}. Old Cape Cod has become the unofficial anthem for Cape Cod. The song Old Cape Cod was written by Claire Rothrock, Milton Yakus and Allan Jeffrey. Yakus adopted a poem by Rothrock into song lyrics and Jeffrey wrote the Read More

Maryland, My Maryland

Maryland, My Maryland is the official state song of Maryland. The lyrics are from a nine stanza poem written by James Ryder Randall in 1861. The poem was inspired by events at the beginning of the Civil War, when the troops President Lincoln ordered went through Baltimore City on their way to Washington, DC. A Read More

Give Me Louisiana

Give Me Louisiana is one of the state songs for that state, along with the more popular You Are My Sunshine. Give Me Louisiana was written in 1970 by Doralice Fontane. The music was arranged by Dr. John Croom. The song was adopted by the state by the act of 1970 and again in 1977. Read More

My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night

“My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night!” was written by Stephen Foster. The song was published in January 1853 and believed to have been written the previous year. According to Wikipedia, “In Foster’s sketchbook, the song was originally entitled “Poor Uncle Tom, Good-Night!“, but was altered by Foster as “My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night!” Foster likely composed Read More

Home on the Range

Most people are familiar with the popular “O give me a home where the buffalo roam,” but did you know that Home on the Range is the state song of Kansas. In 1872, Dr. Brewster M. Higley of Smith County, Kansas published a poem titled My Western Home. He had moved to Kansas the Homestead Read More

Iowa Stubborn

If you are a fan of the musical genre, one of your first thoughts of Iowa may originate from the Music Man. The opening of the musical features the song Iowa Stubborn, better known as “You are in I-ow-a.” Professor Harold Hill {who is unknown to the people} is encouraged to “give Iowa a try”. Read More

On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away

On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away is the Indiana State song. The song was written by Terre Haute and Paul Dresser, a native of the state. Dresser is said to reminisce in the lyrics about his childhood home along the Wabash River. When asked what led him to write the song Dresser said, Read More

Illinois

Illinois is the state song of that given state. The words were written by C.H. Chamberlain and the music composed by Archibald Johnston. In 1925, the 54th Illinois General Assembly agreed on the song becoming the state’s anthem.     Photos courtesy of Pixabay.com