Adopted adopted on October 23, 1989, effective on January 21, 1990.
"Massachusetts (Because of You Our Land is Free)", words and music by Bernard Davidson, was made official on October 23, 1989, and effective January 21, 1990.
Massachusetts State Patriot Song: "Massachusetts"
(Because of You Our Land is Free)
Origin of Song: "Massachusetts"
"Massachusetts (Because of You our Land is Free)", words and music by Bernard Davidson, was designated by Mass. Gen. Law ch. 2, § 31. News stories about the composer's efforts
to have the bill signed into law are held by the Library.
General Laws of Massachusetts, Part 1, Title 1, Chapter 2, Section 31.
PART I. ADMINISTRATION OF THE GOVERNMENT
TITLE I. JURISDICTION AND EMBLEMS OF THE COMMONWEALTH, THE GENERAL COURT, STATUTES AND PUBLIC DOCUMENTS
CHAPTER 2. ARMS, GREAT SEAL AND OTHER EMBLEMS OF THE COMMONWEALTH
Section 31. Patriotic song of commonwealth The song "Massachusetts (Because of You Our Land Is Free)", words and music by Bernard Davidson, shall be the patriotic song
of the commonwealth.
Forty-nine states of the United States (all except New Jersey) have one or
more state songs, selected by the state legislature as a symbol of the state.