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Pennsylvania State Flag Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania State Song

Pennsylvania

words and music by Eddie Khoury and Ronnie Bonner

    Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania,
      Mighty is your name,
    Steeped in glory and tradition,
      Object of acclaim.
    Where brave men fought the foe of freedom,
      Tyranny decried,
    'Til the bell of independence
      filled the countryside.

   Chorus
    Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania,
      May your future be,
    filled with honor everlasting
      as your history.

   Verse 2
    Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania,
      Blessed by God's own hand,
    Birthplace of a mighty nation,
      Keystone of the land.
    Where first our country's flag unfolded,
      Freedom to proclaim,
    May the voices of tomorrow
      glorify your name.

   Chorus
    Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania,
      May your future be,
    filled with honor everlasting
      as your history.

Adoption of the State Song

The song, "Pennsylvania", was presented to the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1989 on House Bill 200 introducing "AN ACT Declaring and adopting the song "Pennsylvania," lyrics and music by Eddie Khoury and Ronnie Bonner, as the State song of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." The Pennsylvania General Assembly adopted "Pennsylvania" as the official song of the Commonwealth on November 19, 1990. House Bill 200 was signed in the House of Representatives and in the Senate on November 19, 1990 and signed by the Governor on November 29, 1990.

Pennsylvania Statutes

The following information is excerpted from the Pennsylvania Statutes, Title 71, State Government. The words are included within the statute.

          "PENNSYLVANIA"

   Verse 1
    Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania,
    Mighty is your name,
    Steeped in glory and tradition
    Object of acclaim.
    Where brave men fought the foe of freedom,
    Tyranny decried,
    'Til the bell of independence
    filled the countryside.

   Chorus
    Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania,
    May your future be,
    filled with honor everlasting
    as your history.

   Verse 2
    Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania,
    Blessed by God's own hand,
    Birthplace of a mighty nation,
    Keystone of the land.
    Where first our country's flag unfolded,
    Freedom to proclaim,
    May the voices of tomorrow
    glorify your name.

   Chorus
    Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania,
    May your future be,
    filled with honor everlasting
    as your history.


Source: Pennsylvania State Web Site, (http://www.state.pa.us), December 4, 2004
Source: Pennsylvania General Assembly, (http://www.legis.state.pa.us/), December 4, 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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