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Tennessee Bicentennial Rap

A Tennessee Bicentennial Rap: 1796-1996

words and music by Joan Hill Hanks

    TENNE-, TENNE-, TENNES-SEE!
    Oh, how proud we are of thee!
    Volunteer State since 1812
    Glad our fathers picked here to dwell!

    Baker, Gores, and Kefauver,
    Served our country with honor!
    U.T., Memphis and Vandy U.,
    Tennessee Tech and Sewanee, too!

    Dollywood and Walking Horse Show!
    Opryland and the Opry Show!
    Whisky, whisky - sipping smooth
    Moon, Moon Pies and Goo Goo Goos!

    Bessie Smith and Memphis blues
    W.C. Handy and Elvis, too!
    Eastman, Oak Ridge and TVA
    Nissan, Saturn and Country Music pay!

    Presidents, Presidents - proud are we!
    Jackson, Polk, and Johnson - three!
    Crockett, Forrest, and John Sevier;
    Alvin York and Hull lived here!

    Appalachian Mountains, mountains high
    Reaching up in the smoky sky!
    Tennessee River, flowing through
    We will cross near the Choo Choo!

    Reelfoot Lake and cotton fields,
    Natchez Trace and Civil War fields!
    Mocking birds and raccoons grow,
    And tulip poplars and iris show!

    Chickasaw, Sequoyah and Cherokee
    Cumberland Plateau and Mississippi!
    Birthday Wishes on 200 years
    Give Tennessee a Big, Big Cheer!

Adoption of Bicentennial Rap

The rap song, "A Tennessee Bicentennial Rap: 1796-1996" by Joan Hill Hanks was adopted as Tennessee's official bicentennial rap by Senate Joint Resolution 315 of the 99th General Assembly. It was adopted by the General Assembly on April 29, 1996. It was signed by the Governor on May 8, 1996.


Source: Tennessee General Assembly, (http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/), December 6, 2004
Source: Tennesee Blue Book, (http://www.state.tn.us/sos/bluebook/index.htm), December 6, 2004




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