50 New State Songs For the 21st Century

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Massachusetts


Current Song: “Hail Massachusetts”
All hail to Massachusetts, the land of the free and the brave!
For Bunker Hill and Charlestown, and flag we love to wave

Our 21st Century pick: “The State of Massachusetts” By Dropkick Murphys
She had excuses and she chose to use them
She was the victim of unspeakable abuses
Her husband was violent, malicious and distant
Her kids now belong to the state of Massachusetts

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Michigan


Current Song: “Michigan, My Michigan”
I sing a State of all the best,
Michigan, my Michigan;
I sing a State with riches blest,
Michigan, my Michigan

Our 21st Century pick: “Say Yes! To Michigan!” by Sufjan Stevens
Demonstrate I was
Raised from the start
By a priest and
The maid on the part
Still know what
To wear on my back
Michigan!
Ponshewaing!
Cadillac!

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Minnesota


Current Song: “Hail! Minnesota”
Minnesota, hail to thee!
Hail to thee, our state so dear,
Thy light shall ever be
A beacon bright and clear

Our 21st Century pick: “Minnesota Girl” by Billie Joe Armstrong
Sittin’ on the hood of a camaro
Walkin’ shooting stars across the earth
Counting all the bites from the mosquitoes
There goes my Minnesota girl

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Mississippi


Current Song: “Go Mis-sis-sip-pi”
Go, Mississippi, you’re on the right track,
Go, Mississippi, and this is a fact,
Go, Mississippi, you’ll never look back,
M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I

Our 21st Century pick: “Oh Mississippi” by Lissie
Oh mighty river
The Mississippi
Turbulent waters
Lull me to sleep

Our 21st Century runner-up: “Mississippi” by Sugarland

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Missouri


Current Song: Missouri Waltz
Hush-a-bye, ma baby, slumber time is comin’ soon;
Rest yo’ head upon my breast, while mommy hums a tune

Our 21st Century pick: “A Heat Rash in the Shape of the Show Me State; Or, Letters from Me to Charlotte” by Los Campesinos!
Her body barely visible, as bleach white as the bedsheets.
As stiff as starched, only perceptible as her middle was still branded
With a heat rash, in the perfect shape of the Show Me State.
Your come on lines sound disastrous; noise more foreboding than volcano or earthquake.

Our 21st Century runner-up: “We Can Win Missouri” by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

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Montana


Current Song: “Montana” & “Montana Melody”
Montana, Montana,
Glory of the West
Of all the states from coast to coast,
You’re easily the best.

Our 21st Century pick: “Montana” by Rocky Votolato
Driving north on 35 heading into the night
the suns getting easier for me to look at
I’ve been singing these songs about you Montana
for so long without ever even knowing it
the things that you can’t see
if you look you’ll find
they’ll deliver everything
somewhere somehow I got everything backwards

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Nebraska


Current Song: “Beautiful Nebraska”
Beautiful Nebraska, as you look around,
You will find a rainbow reaching to the ground

Our 21st Century pick: “Dressed Up Like Nebraska” by Josh Rouse
I dreamed last night
You and I were there
Old and gray
Holding tight
You were always so cold
But I can’t touch you where you are
There you stood dressed up like Nebraska
Plain as day

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Nevada


Current Song: “Home Means Nevada”
Home means Nevada
Home means the hills,
Home means the sage and the pine.
Out by the Truckee, silvery rills

Our 21st Century pick: “Laying Low in Eli, Nevada” by David Dondero
I’ve seen no luck in old Beloxi
you know I lost hundreds and hundreds worth of twenties
but at the hotel Nevada everything changed
I bought drinks for the house
A King’s suite with a couch
I mean the whole scene was a little weird and strange

Our 21st Century runner-up: “Nevada” by Deer Tick

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New Hampshire


Current Song: “Old New Hampshire”
Old New Hampshire, Old New Hampshire
Old New Hampshire Grand and Great
We will sing of Old New Hampshire,
Of the dear old Granite State

Our 21st Century pick: “New Hampshire” by Matt Pond PA
I’m going home back to new hampshire
I’m so determined
To lay in lakes and see my sisters
I will hit my brother and hold my mother

Our 21st Century runner-up: “New Hampshire” by Wild Light

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New Jersey


Current Song: “I’m From New Jersey”
I’M FROM NEW JERSEY and I’m proud about it, I love the Garden State.
I’M FROM NEW JERSEY and I want to shout it, I think it’s simply great.

Our 21st Century pick: “I’m From New Jersey” by John Gorka
I’m from New Jersey, it’s not like Texas
There is no mystery, I can’t pretend
I’m from New Jersey, it’s like Ohio,
But even more so, imagine that

Our 21st Century runner-up: “Fear and Loathing in Mawah, N.J.” by Titus Andronicus