Tennessee, Oh How I love you with your fertile rolling plain Tennessee your lakes are playgrounds where the water skiers sway Purple tinted hills and mountains Touring over fields of grain To the speeding boats that pull them Through the misty silvery spray Smoke and steam from busy factories Rising upward in the air Trout and brim and bass and croppie Finest in the U.S.A. From the smoky mountains to Mississippi Happiness is everywhere When you go a-fishin' Catch instead of wishing' H'rah for good ole Tennessee Oh how I love you There is none that is above you You are on the move Tennessee is on the double With a minimum of trouble No one can do prove Tennessee is on good footing Industy is really putting Hard times on the run Everything that's done and said puts Good ole Tennessee ahead We'll all join in the fun
Richard M. "Pek" Gunn, serving as the first poet laureate of Tennessee, wrote the poem, "The Tennessee Salute," on March 13, 1975. In that same year, the 87th Tennessee General Assembly passed Senate Joint Resolution No. 19, adopting "The Tennessee Salute" as the state's official bicentennial march.
Adopted by Senate Joint Resolution, "The Tennessee Salute" is not listed in the Tennessee Code.
Tennessee Department of State. The Tennessee Blue Book. 1977-1978. Nashville: Tennessee Department of State, 1978. 510-511.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.