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Arkansas State Flag Arkansas

The Arkansas State Anthem

Arkansas
by Mrs. Eva Ware Barnett

   I am thinking tonight of the Southland,
   Of the home of my childhood days,
   Where I roamed through the woods and the meadows,
   By the mill and the brook that plays;
   Where the roses are in bloom,
   And the sweet magnolia too,
   Where the jasmine is white
   And the violets are blue,
   There a welcome awaits all her children
   Who have wandered afar from home.

   Chorus:
   Arkansas, Arkansas, tis a name dear,
   'Tis the place I call "home, sweet home";
   Arkansas, Arkansas, I salute thee,
   From thy shelter no more I'll roam.

   'Tis a land full of joy and of sunshine,
   Rich in pearls and in diamonds rare,
   Full of hope, faith and love for the stranger,
   Who may pass 'neath her portals fair;
   There the rice fields are full,
   And the cotton, corn and hay,
   There the fruits of the field,
   Bloom in winter months and May,
   'Tis the land that I love, first of all, dear,
   And to her let us all give cheer.

   Repeat Chorus
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State,(http://www.sosweb.state.ar.us/educational_activity_book.html), September 22, 2004
"Arkansas" was initially adopted as the Official State Song of Arkansas by Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 6 on January 12, 1917. By 1949, a copyright dispute broke out and "Arkansas" was replaced by "The Arkansas Traveler." In 1963, "Arkansas was restored as the Official State Song and served as such until 1987 when it was designated as the Official State Anthem.

During the same session in 1987, the General Assembly also named "The Arkansas Traveler" the Official State Historical Song and "Arkansas (You Run Deep In Me)' and "Oh, Arkansas" Official State Songs.

Additional Information
NETSTATE: All Arkansas Songs
Code of Arkansas: 1-4-116. State songs and anthem




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