Rocky Top

Rocky Top is an upbeat tune referring to the hills of Tennessee. It is one of the state’s ten official state songs. Wikipedia describes “Rocky Top is a subpeak of Thunderhead Mountain, which overlooks Cades Cove, and is traversed by the Appalachian Trail. Rocky Top appears on maps of the western Smokies as early as Read More

Love Potion #9

Love Potion No. 9 is a song popular at both Valentine’s and Halloween. The song was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.  The duo also wrote other hits such as Hound Dog and Charlie Brown. The song describes a man looking for love, who seeks out a Gypsy who tells him he needs Love Read More

The Black Hills of Dakota

The Black Hills of Dakota refers to the Black Hills that can be found in South Dakota. Wikipedia describes the Black Hills as ” are a small, isolated mountain range rising from the Great Plains of North America in western South Dakota and extending into Wyoming…The name “Black Hills” is a translation of the Lakota Read More


Carolina was a poem written by Henry Timrod. The poem was edited by G.R. Goodwin and set to music by Anne Curtis Burgess. The SC Daughters of the American Revolution recommended the song become the South Carolina state song. On February 11, 1911, the SC General Assembly adopted the song. Photos courtesy of

Rhode Island’s It For Me

Rhode Island’s It For Me is the official state song of Rhode Island. Charlie Hall wrote the lyrics and Maria Day wrote the music. Hall was known for his comedy and poking fun of the state in his comedy troupe. In 1992 he was asked if he could write something good about the state. He Read More


Pennsylvania is the official state song for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The song was written by Eddie Khoury and the music composed by Ronnie Bonner. The General Assembly of Pennsylvania adopted the song as their state anthem on November 29, 1990.   Photos courtesy of

Oregon, My Oregon

  Oregon, My Oregon was written as part of a song contest in 1920. The Society of Oregon Composers decided to hold a competition for a state song for the state of Oregon. James Andrew Buchanan wrote the lyrics. The song contains two themes, “honoring the early settlers and pioneers of Oregon, and praise for Read More


Oklahoma is from the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical Oklahoma! Richard Rodgers wrote the music and Oscar Hammerstein II the lyrics. The song “describes the landscape and prairie weather in positive language. It further emphasizes the wholesome aspects of rural life, and the steadfast dedication of the region’s inhabitants, against the overtly stated formal backdrop Read More

Beautiful Ohio

  Beautiful Ohio was written by Ballard MacDonald in 1918. The music was written by Robert A. “Bobo” King, who used the pseudonym Mary Earl. MacDonald wrote the song as a love song, in the form of a waltz. The melody is partly based on “Song of India” by Rimsky-Korsakov and “Beautiful Dreamer” by Stephen Read More

The North Dakota Hymn

The North Dakota Hymn is the official state song for the state. James Foley wrote the song in 1926 and paired the song to the tune The Austrian Hymn. C.S. Putman arranged the music with distinct ragtime syncopation. North Dakota adopted the song as their official state song in 1947.   Photos courtesy of