words and music by Vashti R. Stopher
Louisiana! Louisiana! That dear old state of ours Where the mocker sings the sweetest and the land is filled with flowers. With hearts and voices lifted in our joyous way We sing to Louisiana forever and a day. Louisiana! Louisiana! We lift this song to thee And with bow'd heads in rev'rent awe acclaim our loyalty. With hearts and voices lifted in our joyous way We sing to Louisiana forever and a day.
The first official state song to be adopted by the Louisiana State Legislature, "Song of Louisiana," words and music by Vashti Robertson Stopher, was approved on July 14, 1932.
The act adopting this song read in part:
Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of Louisiana, That there shall be, and is, hereby adopted and established as the Official State Song for the State of Louisiana, a musical composition, with words nd music by Vashti Robertson Stopher, and entitled: "Song of Louisiana";
Section 2. That all laws or parts of laws in conflict with the provisions of this Act be, and the same are, hereby repealed.
Sechrist, Elizabeth Hough. Poems for Red Letter Days. Philadelphia: Macrae Smith Company, 1951. Print.
Shankle, George Earlie. State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols. Irvine, Calif.: Reprint Services Corp, Revised edition, 1971.
State songs: Complete list of official state songs from NETSTATE.COM
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State Songs of America, by Michael J. Bristow. 185 pages. Publisher: Greenwood (February 28, 2000)
State Songs of America provides the music and lyrics for the official songs adopted by the state governments. Arranged alphabetically by state, each song has a single vocal line over a piano accompaniment, with one verse only under the vocal line and remaining verses appearing separately. Each entry includes the date the song was adopted, the name of the composer, and in some instances, a brief history of the song. The book will be a useful reference for those wanting to perform a state song or to find the official songs of other states. Keep in mind that this book was published in 2000 and does not contain later adoptions.
State Songs: Anthems and Their Origins, by John Hladczuk, Sharon Schneider Hladczuk. 240 pages. Publisher: Scarecrow Press (September 26, 2000)
State Songs: Anthems and Their Origins is a tremendous resource, from which readers will gain insight into the heritage of American statehood. Histories of these songs, biographical information about the composers and lyricists, and background on each song's entrance into status as "official" make this source the most comprehensive in existence. The entries include sheet music, allowing readers to reproduce for themselves the tunes that have proved so important in the history of the Union. Music teachers, history teachers, librarians, and anyone else interested in learning more about the United States will not want to be without State Songs. Organized alphabetically by state. Keep in mind that this book was published in 2000 and does not contain later adoptions.