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Tennessee U.S. Bicentennial March

The Tennessee Salute Adopted: 1975

The Tennessee Salute

by Richard M. "Pek" Gunn

   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
	

Adoption of the U.S. Bicentennial march song

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.


Sources...

The State of Tennessee. Tennessee Code Annotated. Nashville: The State of Tennessee, 2011. Web. 25 Aug 2011. <http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/tncode/>.

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.