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A Tennessee State Song

The Pride of Tennessee

words and music by Fred Congdon, Thomas Vaughn and Carol Elliot

   CHORUS:
    From the Smokie Mountain Mornings to the Mississippi shores
    Let's take time to remember those who went before
    Whose lives made a difference in the world for you and me
    Their courage faith and vision are the Pride of Tennessee
    
    Sequoyah was a Cherokee the chief of all his tribe
    His people learned to read and write with the alphabet he scribed
    
    When Tennessee became a State its Governor was clear
    There was no better leader than the gallant John Sevier
    
    From the backwoods to the Congress to his stand at the Alamo
    Davy Crockett gave his life for the country he loved so

   CHORUS:

    Three Presidents from Tennessee made impressions on this land
    Jackson, Polk and Johnson were men who took a stand
    
    Ida Wells Barnett fought bravely for the rights of men
    When they were killed by prejudice for the color of their skin
    
    He was drafted in the first world war though he did not want to go
    His shooting skills made Alvin York a national hero

   CHORUS:

    When women of Tennessee believed they had the right to vote
    Ann Dallas Dudley led the fight and gave them hope
    
    Cordell Hull had a vision for peace around the world
    The United Nations where all countries' flags unfurl
    
    From Beale Street down in Memphis to New York front page news
    W.C. Handy's music made him father of the blues

   CHORUS:

    Yes Courage, Faith and Vision are the Pride of Tennessee

Adoption of State Song

The song, "The Pride of Tennessee" by Fred Congdon, Thomas Vaughn and Carol Elliot was adopted as an official song of Tennessee in on May 13, 1996. It was adopted by House Joint Resolution 221 of the 99th General Assembly.


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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