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South Carolina State Song

South Carolina On My Mind

written and recorded by Hank Martin and Buzz Arledge

   At the foot hills of the Appalachian chain,
   Down through the rivers, to the coastal plain,
   There's a place that I call home,
   And I'll never be alone,
   Singin' this Carolina love song

   I've got South Carolina on my mind
   Remembering all those sunshine Summertimes,
   And the Autumns in the Smokies when the leaves turn to gold
   Touches my heart and thrills my soul to have South Carolina on my mind,
   With those clean snow-covered mountain Wintertimes
   And the white sand of the beaches and those Carolina peaches,
   I've got South Carolina on my mind. 

   I'm grown now with a family of my own
   In a place that all my kids are callin' home.
   And I love this life I'm livin',
   And thank God for all He's givin',
   But my heart sings a Carolina love song 

   I've got South Carolina on my mind
   Remembering all those sunshine Summertimes,
   And the Autumns in the Smokies when the leaves turn to gold
   Touches my heart and thrills my soul to have South Carolina on my mind,
   With those clean snow-covered mountain Wintertimes
   And the white sand of the beaches and those Carolina peaches,
   I've got South Carolina on my mind. 

Adoption of the State Song

With a lot of help from the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, South Carolina adopted an additional state song in 1984. The song, "South Carolina On My Mind", written and recorded by native South Carolinians Hank Martin and Buzz Arledge, was adopted as an official state song of South Carolina by the General Assembly with ACT 402 on March 8, 1984. The legislation was signed by Governor Richard W. Riley on the same day.

As mentioned, it is the second of two official South Carolina state songs. The first, " Carolina", was adopted by Senate Concurrent Resolution in 1911.

South Carolina Code of Laws

The following information is excerpted from the South Carolina Code of Laws, Title 1, Article 9, Section 685 The words and the sheet music are included within the statute.


Source: South Carolina State Web Site, (http://www.state.sc.us), December 5, 2004
Source: South Carolina Legislature Online, (http://www.scstatehouse.net), December 5, 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




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