California State Song
I Love You, California
I. I love you, California, you're the greatest state of all. I love you in the winter, summer, spring and in the fall. I love your fertile valleys; your dear mountains I adore. I love your grand old ocean and I love her rugged shore. Chorus Where the snow crowned Golden Sierras Keep their watch o'er the valleys bloom, It is there I would be in our land by the sea, Every breeze bearing rich perfume. It is here nature gives of her rarest. It is Home Sweet Home to me, And I know when I die I shall breathe my last sigh For my sunny California. II. I love your red-wood forests - love your fields of yellow grain. I love your summer breezes and I love your winter rain. I love you, land of flowers; land of honey, fruit and wine. I love you, California; you have won this heart of mine. III. I love your old gray Missions - love your vineyards stretching far. I love you, California, with your Golden Gate ajar. I love your purple sun-sets, love your skies of azure blue. I love you, California; I just can't help loving you. IV. I love you, Catalina, you are very dear to me. I love you, Tamalpais, and I love Yosemite. I love you, Land of Sunshine, Half your beauties are untold. I loved you in my childhood, and I'll love you when I'm old.
The California State Song, "I Love You, California", was written by Francis Bernard Silverwood (1863-1924), a Los Angeles clothier, merchant and businessman, in 1913. The music was composed by Abraham Franklin Frankenstein (1873-1934), then conductor of the Orpheum Theatre Orchestra. The production was published by Hatch and Loveland, Music Printers, Los Angeles, California, and copyrighted by F.B. Silverwood in 1913.
Later in 1913, the song was introduced by Opera Star Mary Garden, associated with the Chicago Grand Opera at that time. "Mary Garden stopped Grand Opera to make this California song famous," read the notices virtually ensuring the popularity and success of the new song. The renowned soprano wrote on Alexandria Hotel stationery,
As the song's popularity grew, it was declared the official song of expositions held in San Francisco and San Diego in 1915, and was played aboard the first ship to go through the Panama Canal, the SS Ancon.
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On April 26, 1951, the California Legislature passed a resolution declaring "I Love You, California" the official state song.
When asked about the California state song, people have often thought, "California, Here I Come," by Bud De Sylva and Joseph Meyer? Over the years, some legislators have tried to replace "I Love You, California" with other songs, but in 1988, "I Love You, California" was put into law; section 421.7 of the Government Code.
421.7. "I Love You, California," a song published in 1913 with lyrics by F.B. Silverwood and music by A.F. Frankenstein, is an official state song.
Source: State of California, (http://www.state.ca.us), November 20, 2004
Source: California Legislative Information, (http://www.leginfo.ca.gov), November 20, 2004
Source: Andrea’s Cantabile-Subito, (http://www.cantabile-subito.de), November 20, 2004
Source: State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols by Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer, Copyright 2002
Source: State Songs America, Edited by M.J. Bristow, Copyright 2000
Source: State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols by George Earlie Shankle, Ph.D., Copyright 1938
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