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The Iowa State Song

Song of Iowa

words by S.H.M. Byers to the traditional melody of "O, Tannenbaum."

    You ask what land I love the best, Iowa, tis Iowa,
    The fairest State of all the west, Iowa, O! Iowa.
    From yonder Mississippi's stream
    To where Missouri's waters gleam
    O! fair it is as poet's dream, Iowa, in Iowa.

    See yonders fields of tasseled corn, Iowa in Iowa,
    Where plenty fills her golden horn, Iowa in Iowa.
    See how her wonderous prairies shine
    To yonder sunset's purpling line,
    O! happy land, O! land of mine, Iowa, O! Iowa.

    And she has maids whose laughing eyes, Iowa, O! Iowa,
    To him who loves were Paradise, Iowa, O! Iowa.
    O! happiest fate that e'er was known,
    Such eyes to shine for one alone,
    To call such beauty all his own, Iowa, O! Iowa.

    Go read the story of thy past, Iowa, O! Iowa,
    What glorious deeds, what fame thou hast! Iowa, O! Iowa.
    So long as time's great cycle runs,
    Or nations weep their fallen ones,
    Thou'lt not forget thy patriot sons, Iowa, O! Iowa.

Adoption of State Song

The song, "Song of Iowa," words by Samuel Hawkins Marshall (S.H.M.) Byers and traditional melody of "O, Tannenbaum," was adopted by the Iowa Legislature as the Iowa state song on March 20, 1911.

House Concurrent Resolution

On March 20, 1911, "Song of Iowa" was recognized as the Iowa state song by concurrent resolution.


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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