State songs of Arizona

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The U.S. state of Arizona has two official state songs , although neither is named as such. [1] [2] The official State Anthem is "The Arizona March Song" and the Alternate State Anthem is titled, "Arizona." [3]

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State Anthem

History

The lyrics of "The Arizona March Song" were written by Margaret Rowe Clifford in 1915. [3] The music was composed by Maurice Blumenthal.


Lyrics

First Stanza
Come to this land of sunshine,
To this land where life is young.
Where the wide, wide world is waiting,
The songs that will now be sung.
Where the golden sun is flaming
Into warm, white shining day.
And the sons of men are blazing
Their priceless right of way.
Chorus
Sing the song that's in your hearts,
Sing of the great Southwest.
Thank God, for Arizona,
In splendid sunshine dressed.
For thy beauty and thy grandeur,
For thy regal robes so sheen,
We hail thee Arizona
Our Goddess and our queen. [4]

Alternate State Anthem

History

The Alternate Anthem, "Arizona," is a Country and Western song, written and performed by Rex Allen and Rex Allen, Jr. It was adopted in 1981. [3]

Lyrics

I love you, Arizona
Your mountains, deserts, and streams
The rise of Dos Cabezas*
And the outlaws I see in my dreams;
I love you Arizona,
Superstitions* and all;
The warmth you give at sunrise;
Your sunsets put music in us all.
Oo, Arizona;
You're the magic in me;
Oo, Arizona,
You're the life-blood of me;
I love you Arizona;
Desert dust on the wind;
The sage and cactus are blooming,
And the smell of the rain on your skin.
Oo, Arizona;
You're the magic in me;
Oo, Arizona,
You're the life-blood of me.

"Superstitions" is a reference to the Superstition Mountains in Maricopa and Pinal counties, and "Dos Cabezas," or "Two Heads" in Spanish, refers to a pair of twin mountain peaks in Cochise County. [3]

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References

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  2. "Arizona Secretary of State Kids Page". Azsos.gov. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Arizona State Songs". Classbrain.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  4. "Arizona State Song". 50states.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17.