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The Massachusetts State Songs

The Massachusetts General Court has adopted seven "songs" or musical entities to represent the Commonwealth. The state currently has one state song, one state folk song, one state ceremonial march, one state patriotic song, one state glee club song, one state polka and one state ode.

  • State Song: "All Hail to Massachusetts", by Arthur J. Marsh (Go)
  • State Folk Song: "Massachusetts", by Arlo Guthrie (Go)
  • State Ceremonial March: "The Road to Boston", composer unknown (Go)
  • State Patriotic Song: "Massachusetts (Because of You Our Land is Free)", by Bernard Davidson (Go)
  • State Glee Club Song: "The Great State of Massachusetts", words by George A. Wells and music by J. Earl Bley (Go)
  • State Polka: "Say Hello to Someone in Massachusetts", by Lenny Gomulka (Go)
  • State Ode: "Ode to the Commonwealth", by Joseph Falzone (Go)

Official Song

All Hail to Massachusetts
words and music by Arthur J. Marsh

"All Hail to Massachusetts", words and music by Arthur Marsh, was designated by an act of the Legislature in July of 1981 (informally "official song" since September 1966.)

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Official Folk Song

Massachusetts
words and music by Arlo Guthrie

"Massachusetts," words and music by Arlo Guthrie, was adopted by the Legislature in July, 1981.

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Official Ceremonial March

The Road to Boston
composer unknown

The song "The Road to Boston", whose composer is unknown, has been the official ceremonial march of the Commonwealth since 1985.

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Official Patriotic Song

Massachusetts (Because of You Our Land is Free)
words and music by Bernard Davidson

"Massachusetts (Because of You Our Land is Free)", words and music by Bernard Davidson, was made official on October 23, 1989, and effective January 21, 1990.

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Official Glee Club Song

The Great State of Massachusetts
words by George A. Wells and music by J. Earl Bley

The song "The Great State of Massachusetts", words by George A. Wells, and music by J. Earl Bley, was designated the state Glee Club Song of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on November 24, 1997.

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Official Polka

Say Hello to Someone in Massachusetts
words and music by Lenny Gomulka

On October 1, 1998, "Say Hello to Someone From Massachusetts" by Lenny Gomulka was approved as the official polka of the Commonwealth.

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Official Ode

Ode to the Commonwealth
words and music by Joseph Falzone

On November 16, 2000 the words and music of "Ode to Massachusetts" by Joseph Falzone was approved as the official ode of the Commonwealth.

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Source: Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, (http://www.sec.state.ma.us), 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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