State Songs of the United States: An Annotated Anthology, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

State Songs of the United States

An Annotated Anthology, 1st Edition

By William E Studwell, Bruce R Schueneman


211 pages

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pub: 1998-02-06
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State Songs of the United States: An Annotated Anthology is essential for musicians, historians, or librarians interested in the words, lyrics, and historical background of the songs that symbolize our individual states. This easy-to-use reference includes many famous state songs that were written by such well-known songwriters and musicians as Stephen Foster, Andy Razaf, Lucky Roberts, Hoagy Carmichael, Al Piantadosi, and Guy Miller.

Full of information on the official and unofficial songs of the 50 states, State Songs of the United States includes:

  • historical annotations for 69 official and unofficial state songs, including ”Yankee Doodle,” ”Georgia on My Mind,” and the ”Tennessee Waltz”
  • lyrics and music for 48 of the songs listed, such as ”Yellow Rose of Texas” and ”Home on the Range”
  • more than one official song for 46 of the states, including Arkansas, California, Indiana, New Hampshire, and Montana

    As part of the historical background, State Songs of the United States informs you as to when a song was written, who wrote it, and what musician composed the music for it. The only anthology of American song presented from an academic point of view, this reference also covers when and why official songs became adopted by their respective states. After reading this anthology, you will discover how the lyrics of our state songs reflect the period in which they were written and why many lyrics have been changed since, for reasons such as racial or gender prejudice. State Songs of the United States offers you a unique look at music, America’s past, and the pride of our 50 states.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface

  • Acknowledgments
  • A Tribute to American Song
  • To 1860
  • 1860–1899
  • 1900–1909
  • 1910–1919
  • 1920–1929
  • 1930–1939
  • 1940–1949
  • 1950–1959
  • 1960–1971
  • Historical Notes
  • Alabama: “Alabama”
  • Alaska: “Alaska’s Flag”
  • Arizona: “Arizona March Song”
  • Arkansas: “Arkansas”
  • “The Arkansas Traveler”
  • California: “I Love You, California”
  • “California, Here I Come”
  • Colorado: “Where the Columbines Grow”
  • Connecticut: ‘Yankee Doodle”
  • Delaware: “Our Delaware”
  • Florida: “Old Folks at Home”
  • Georgia: “Georgia”
  • “Georgia On My Mind”
  • Hawaii: “Hawai’i Pano’i”
  • Idaho: “Here We Have Idaho”
  • Illinois: “Illinois”
  • Indiana: “Indiana”
  • “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away”
  • Iowa: “Iowa Corn Song”
  • “The Song of Iowa”
  • Kansas: “Home on the Range”
  • Kentucky: “My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night”
  • Louisiana: “Give Me Louisiana”
  • “My Louisiana”
  • Maine: “State of Maine”
  • Maryland: “Maryland, My Maryland!”
  • Massachusetts: “All Hail to Massachusetts”
  • Michigan: “My Michigan”
  • “Michigan, My Michigan”
  • Minnesota: “Hail! Minnesota”
  • Mississippi: “Go, Mississippi”
  • “Mississippi Days”
  • Missouri: “Missouri Waltz”
  • Montana: “Montana Melody”
  • “Montana”
  • Nebraska: “Beautiful Nebraska”
  • Nevada: “Home Means Nevada”
  • New Hampshire: “New Hampshire, My New Hampshire”
  • “Old New Hampshire”
  • New Jersey: “Ode to New Jersey”
  • New Mexico: “O, Fair New Mexico”
  • “Así Es Nuevo México”
  • New York: “The Sidewalks of New York”
  • “New York, Our Empire State”
  • North Carolina: “The Old North State”
  • North Dakota: “North Dakota Hymn”
  • Ohio: “Beautiful Ohio”
  • Oklahoma: “Oklahoma!”
  • Oregon: “Oregon, My Oregon”
  • Pennsylvania: “Pennsylvania”
  • Rhode Island: “Rhode Island March Song”
  • South Carolina: “Carolina”
  • South Dakota: “South Dakota, My Dakota”
  • “Hail! South Dakota”
  • Tennessee: “When It’s Iris Time in Tennessee”
  • “Tennessee Waltz”
  • “I Hear You Calling Me, Tennessee”
  • Texas: “Texas, Our Texas”
  • “The Eyes of Texas”
  • “The Yellow Rose of Texas”
  • Utah: “Utah, We Love Thee”
  • Vermont: “Hail, Vermont”
  • Virginia: “Carry Me Back to Old Virginia”
  • Washington: “Washington My Home”
  • “Washington Beloved”
  • West Virginia: “The West Virginia Hills”
  • Wisconsin: “On, Wisconsin”
  • Wyoming: “The Wyoming State Song”
  • “Wyoming”
  • Song Texts
  • “Alabama”
  • “Arizona March Song”
  • “Arkansas”
  • “The Arkansas Traveler”
  • “I Love You, California”
  • “Where the Columbines Grow”
  • “Yankee Doodle”
  • “Our Delaware”
  • “Old Folks at Home”
  • “Georgia”
  • “Hawai’i Pano’i”
  • “Here We Have Idaho”
  • “Illinois”
  • “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away”
  • “Iowa Corn Song”
  • “The Song of Iowa”
  • “Home on the Range”
  • “My Old Kentucky Home

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies