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Massachusetts State Flag Massachusetts

The Song of the Commonwealth

All Hail to Massachusetts

words and music by Arthur J. Marsh (1895-1966)

    All hail to Massachusetts, the land of the free and the brave!
    For Bunker Hill and Charlestown, and flag we love to wave:
    For Lexington and Concord, and the shot heard 'round the world;
    All hail to Massachusetts, we'll keep her flag unfurled.
    She stands upright for freedon's light that shines from sea to sea:
    All hail to Massachusetts!
    Our country 'tis of thee!

    All hail to grand old Bay State, the home of the bean and the cod!
    Where Pilgrims found a landing and gave their thanks to God.
    A land of opportunity in the good old U.S.A.
    Where men live long and prosper, and people come to stay.
    Don't sell her short, but learn to court her industry and stride:
    All hail to grand old Bay State!
    The land of Pilgrim's pride!

    All hail to Massachusetts, renowned in the Hall of Fame!
    How proudly wave her banners emblazoned with her name!
    In unity and brotherhood, sons and daughters go hand in hand:
    All hail to Massachusetts, there is no finer land!
    It's M-A-S-S-A-C-H-U-S-E-T-T-S.
    All hail to Massachusetts!
    All hail!  All hail!  All hail!

Adoption of state Song

The Song, "All Hail to Massachusetts", words and music by Arthur J. Marsh, was adopted as the official song of the Commonwealth on September 3, 1966 and codified by an act of the General Court in 1981.

General Laws of Massachusetts

All Hail to Massachusetts
All Hail to Massachusetts

The following information is excerpted from the General Laws of Massachusetts, Part 1, Title 1, Chapter 2, Section 19.


Source: Massachusetts State Web Site, (http://www.mass.gov), December 1, 2004
Source: Massachusetts General Court, (http://www.mass.gov/legis/), December 1, 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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