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The Georgia State Song

Georgia On My Mind

words by Stuart Gorrell and music by Hoagy Carmichael

    Melodies bring memories
    That linger in my heart
    Make me think of Georgia
    Why did we ever part?
    Some sweet day when blossoms fall
    And all the world's a song
    I'll go back to Georgia
    'Cause that's where I belong.
    Georgia, Georgia, the whole day through
    Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind.
    Georgia, Georgia, a song of you
    Comes as sweet and clear as moonlight through the pines.
    Other arms reach out to me
    Other eyes smile tenderly
    Still in peaceful dreams I see
    The road leads back to you.
    Georgia, Georgia, no peace I find
    Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind.

Adoption of the State Song

"Georgia on My Mind" was adopted as Georgia's official state song on April 24, 1979. Prior to the adoption of this song, "Georgia," words by poet Robert Loveman and music by Mrs. Lollie Belle Wylie, served as the state song.

Laws of the State of Georgia

The following information is excerpted from the Georgia Code, Title 50, Section 3-6-. The words music are included within the statute.

    Georgia on My Mind
    
    Melodies bring memories
    That linger in my heart
    Make me think of Georgia
    Why did we ever part?
    Some sweet day when blossoms fall
    And all the world's a song
    I'll go back to Georgia
    'Cause that's where I belong.
    Georgia, Georgia, the whole day through
    Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind.
    Georgia, Georgia, a song of you
    Comes as sweet and clear as moonlight through the pines.
    Other arms reach out to me
    Other eyes smile tenderly
    Still in peaceful dreams I see
    The road leads back to you.
    Georgia, Georgia, no peace I find
    Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind.


Source: Georgia Secretary of State, (http://www.sos.state.ga.us/default1024.asp), November 22, 2004
Source: Georgia General Assembly, (http://www.legis.state.ga.us), November 22, 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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