50 New State Songs For the 21st Century

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South Dakota


Current Song: “Hail, South Dakota”
Hail! South Dakota, A great state of the land,
Health, wealth and beauty, That’s what makes her grand

Our 21st Century pick: “Sing Again” by Chris Walla
Another pattern of the bricks
Bundles of cells dividing
And South Dakota driving.
The very darkest, dirty tricks
If we still cared at all we’d send a battle call

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Tennessee


Current Songs: “My Homeland Tennessee,” “When It’s Iris Time In Tennessee,” “My Tennessee,” “The Tennessee Waltz,” “Rocky Top,” “Tennessee”
Corn won’t grow at all on Rocky Top;
Dirt’s too rocky by far;
That’s why all the folks on Rocky Top
get their corn from a jar

Our 21st Century pick: “Tennessee” by The Silver Jews
Her doorbell plays a bar of Stephen Foster
Her sister never left and look what it cost her
We’re gonna live in Nashville and I’ll make a career
Out of writing sad songs and getting paid by the tear

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Texas


Current Songs: “Texas, Our Texas”
Texas, Our Texas! all hail the mighty State!
Texas, Our Texas! so wonderful so great!

Our 21st Century pick: “Screw You We’re From Texas” by Ray Wylie Hubbard
Now I love the USA
And the other states
Ahh, they’re OK
Texas is the place I wanna be
And I don’t care if I ever go to Delaware anyway
Cause we got Stubbs, and Gruene Hall and Antone’s, and John T’s
Country Store
We’ve got Willie and Jacky Jack, Robert Earl, Pat, Cory, Charlie and me
And so many more.
So screw you, we’re from Texas

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Utah


Current Song: “Utah, We Love Thee”
Utah! People working together
Utah! What a great place to be.
Blessed from Heaven above.
It’s the land that we love.
This is the place!

Our 21st Century pick: “The Story I Heard” by Blind Pilot
hey JoJo
yeah, I know your name
I thought I saw you
jump the Utah train
but I could not say
I could not say

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Vermont


Current Song: “These Green Mountains”
These green hills and silver waters
are my home. They belong to me.
And to all of her sons and daughters
May they be strong and forever free.

Our 21st Century pick: “Peace and Love” by Fountains of Wayne
Sometimes I think I might just move up to Vermont
Open a bookstore or a vegan restaurant
Got crazy karma, never harmed a single soul
So if you want to join me then together we’ll grow old singing
Peace and love

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Virginia


Current Song: “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny”
There’s where I labored so hard for old massa,
Day after day in the field of yellow corn,
No place on earth do I love more sincerely
Than old Virginny, the state where I was born.

Our 21st Century pick: “East Virginia Blue” by John Austin
Guess it’s time to turn the music down
We got nothing living left to drown
Just a sinking feeling that we pull each other through
Just behind the purple mountain, East Virginia blue

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Washington


Current Song: “Washington, My Home”
Washington my home;
Where ever I may roam;
This is my land, my native land,
Washington, my home.

Our 21st Century pick: “Four Hours in Washington” by M. Ward
Well, it’s one in the morning and I can’t sleep at night-
I hear wolves around the doorstep
They’re circling outside.
I count ‘em jumping over fences, and landing on the sheet
Now, it’s two in the morning and I can’t fall asleep.

West Virginia


Current Songs: “The West Virginia Hills,” “This Is My West Virginia,” “West Virginia My Home”
Oh, the West Virginia hills! How majestic and how grand,
With their summits bathed in glory, Like our Prince Immanuel’s Land!
Is it any wonder then, That my heart with rapture thrills,
As I stand once more with loved ones On those West Virginia hills?

Our 21st Century pick: “Roadside Art (East Asheville Hardware)” by David Wilcox
I’m gonna drive to West Virginia
Buy myself a shack
Put my good car in the front yard
And lock it up on jacks
I’m gonna take my a coupla wheels off
Roll ‘em down into the creek
I’m gonna bust a coupla windows
Fix it with a plastic sheet

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Wisconsin


Current Song: “On Wisconsin”
On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Grand old badger state!
We, thy loyal sons and daughters,
Hail thee, good and great.

Our 21st Century pick: “Wisconsin” by Bon Iver
That was Wisconsin that was yesterday
Now I have nothing that I can keep
Cause every place I go I take another place with me
Love is loves critique

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Wyoming


Current Song: “Wyoming”
Wyoming, Wyoming! Land of the sunlight clear!
Wyoming, Wyoming! Land that we hold so dear!
Wyoming, Wyoming! Precious art thou and thine!
Wyoming, Wyoming! Beloved State of mine!

Our 21st Century pick: “Why Not Wyoming” by Amy Speace
Maybe we’ll be happy there with a better view and cleaner air
Where there’s mountain goats and cold, long springs
We won’t need much of anything
Why not Wyoming, why not Wyoming?