Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hometown Tour - Alabama

By Valerie

Hello everyone,

Well in the middle of working on the Hometown Tour last night my power went out. So I figured that as soon as it came back on that I would be able to finish and post it. So around 4:30 this morning when it finally did come on I couldn't find my post anywhere. I am sure it is somewhere on my laptop but for now it's gone.

In place of that I came across this a couple of weeks ago. I really didn't even know we had a state song. I am so wrapped up in football that the Alabama Fight song is what comes to my mind. lol So here is actually the lyrics to the official state song of Alabama. The words are by Julia S. Tutwiler and the music by Edna Gockel Gussen. I couldn't find a sound bit for it but you can see a high school choir singing it here.

Alabama, Alabama,
We will aye be true to thee,
From thy Southern shore where groweth,
By the sea thine orange tree.
To thy Northern vale where floweth
Deep and blue thy Tennessee.
Alabama, Alabama
We will aye be true to thee!

Broad the Stream whose name thou bearest;
Grand thy Bigbee rolls along;
Fair thy Coosa-Tallapoosa
Bold thy Warrior, dark and strong.
Goodlier than the land that Moses
Climbed lone Nebo's Mount to see
Alabama, Alabama,
We will aye be true to thee!

From thy prairies broad and fertile,
Where thy snow-white cotton shines.
To the hills where coal and iron
Hide in thy exhaustless mines.
Strong-armed miners--sturdy farmers:
Loyal hearts what'er we be.
Alabama, Alabama,
We will aye be true to thee!

From the quarries where the marble
White as that of Paros gleams
Waiting till thy sculptor's chisel,
Wake to like thy poet's dream;
For not only wealth of nature,
Wealth of mind hast thou to fee.
Alabama, Alabama,
We will aye be true to thee!

Where the perfumed south-wind whispers,
Thy magnolia groves among,
Softer than a mother's kisses
Sweeter than a mother's song;
Where the golden jasmine trailing,
Woos the treasure-laden bee,
Alabama, Alabama,
We will aye be true to thee!

Brave and pure thy men and women,
Better this than corn and wine,
Make us worthy, God in Heaven,
Of this goodly land of Thine;
Hearts as open as our doorways,
Liberal hands and spirits free,
Alabama, Alabama,
We will aye be true to thee!

Little, little, can I give thee,
Alabama, mother mine;
But that little--hand, brain, spirit,
All I have and am are thine.
Take, O take the gift and giver.
Take and serve thyself with me,
Alabama, Alabama,
I will aye be true to thee.

You can go to Alabama Department of Archives & History's website for more facts and information about our great state.

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1 comment:

Kathryn Lang said...

We homeschool and this is one of the first things that I taught my kids. Granted, we only sing the first verse, but at least they know Alabama HAS a state song!

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