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The New Mexico State Song

O, Fair New Mexico

words and music by Elizabeth Garrett

    Under a sky of azure, where balmy breezes blow;   
    Kissed by the golden sunshine, is Nuevo Mejico.   
    Home of the Montezuma, with fiery heart aglow,   
    State of the deeds historic, is Nuevo Mejico.   

   Chorus   
    O, fair New Mexico, we love, we love you so   
    Our hearts with pride o'erflow, no matter where we go,   
    O, fair New Mexico, we love, we love you so,   
    The grandest state to know, New Mexico.   

   Second Verse   
    Rugged and high sierras, with deep canyons below;   
    Dotted with fertile valleys, is Nuevo Mejico.   
    Fields full of sweet alfalfa, richest perfumes bestow,
    State of apple blossoms, is Nuevo Mejico.

   Chorus   

   Third Verse   
    Days that are full of heart-dreams, nights when the moon hangs low;   
    Beaming its benediction, o'er Nuevo Mejico.   
    Land with its bright manana, coming through weal and woe;   
    State of our esperanza, is Nuevo Mejico.

About the State Song

Elizabeth Garrett was the daughter of former Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett. She was born in 1885 on the Garrett's ranch, in Little Creek Canyon, north of the village of Alto. She lost her eyesight a few hours after birth, due to an over-application of "blue vitrol" to her eyes to prevent infection. She was one of seven children.

In spite of her handicap, she was encouraged by her father and mother, Apolinaria Gutierrez Garrett, to enjoy the full range of activities associated with a normal childhood, activities that would not have been considered appropriate at the time. Following a youth of tree-climbing and horseback-riding, Elizabeth received a high school education and basic training at the Texas School for the Blind in Austin.

She applied herself and was qualified as a voice and piano teacher. She loved to sing and worked her way east teaching and singing. Audiences were appreciative of her talents and her interesting compositions about the far-west land of New Mexico. Elizabeth Garrett, the blind teacher/singer/songwriter soon found herself performing in respected theaters in Chicago and New York. She was called the "Songbird of the Southwest." Elizabeth Garrett had grown into a remarkable woman; well-educated; a teacher; a fine composer; and a nationally recognized soprano.

Back in New Mexico, she was persuaded to sing her composition, "O, Fair New Mexico", for the New Mexico Legislature. (The song was published by Gamble Hinged Music Company, Chicago, Illinois, and copyrighted by Elizabeth Garrett in 1915.)

Her performance impressed the Legislature so much that they voted unanimously, to make "O, Fair New Mexico" the official state song. It was adopted as the state song of New Mexico by an act of the legislature, approved on March 14, 1917. The legislation was signed by Governor Washington E. Lindsey.

New Mexico Statutes

The following information is excerpted from the New Mexico Statutes, Chapter 12, Article 3, Section 5. The words are included within the statute.

    Under a sky of azure, where balmy breezes blow;   
    Kissed by the golden sunshine, is Nuevo Mejico.   
    Home of the Montezuma, with fiery heart aglow,   
    State of the deeds historic, is Nuevo Mejico.   

   Chorus   
    O, fair New Mexico, we love, we love you so   
    Our hearts with pride o'erflow, no matter where we go,   
    O, fair New Mexico, we love, we love you so,   
    The grandest state to know, New Mexico.   

   Second Verse   
    Rugged and high sierras, with deep canyons below;   
    Dotted with fertile valleys, is Nuevo Mejico.   
    Fields full of sweet alfalfa, richest perfumes bestow,
    State of apple blossoms, is Nuevo Mejico.

   Chorus   

   Third Verse   
    Days that are full of heart-dreams, nights when the moon hangs low;   
    Beaming its benediction, o'er Nuevo Mejico.   
    Land with its bright manana, coming through weal and woe;   
    State of our esperanza, is Nuevo Mejico.
be and the same are hereby adopted and declared to be the state song for the state of New Mexico.


Source: New Mexico State Web Site, (http://www.state.nm.us), December 3, 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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