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Oregon State Song

"Oregon, My Oregon"

Words by J.A. Buchanan
Music by Henry B. Murtagh

Adopted in 1927.

Buchanan and Murtagh won a statewide competition, sponsored by the Society of Oregon Composers, with their song "Oregon, My Oregon" and in 1927, the song was adopted as the official state song of Oregon

Oregon State Song: "Oregon, My Oregon"

"Oregon, My Oregon"

Land of the Empire Builders, Land of the Golden West;
Conquered and held by free men, Fairest and the best.
On-ward and upward ever, Forward and on, and on;
Hail to thee, Land of the Heroes, My Oregon.

Land of the rose and sunshine, Land of the summer's breeze;
Laden with health and vigor, Fresh from the western seas.
Blest by the blood of martyrs, Land of the setting sun;
Hail to thee, Land of Promise, My Oregon.

Origin of Song: "Oregon, My Oregon"

"Oregon, My Oregon" was written in 1920 by J.A. Buchanan of Astoria and Henry B. Murtagh of Portland. With this song, Buchanan and Murtagh won a statewide competition, sponsored by the Society of Oregon Composers, and became popular in Oregon, and subsequently Oregon's official state song in 1927.

Oregon Senate Joint Resolution No. 2

Senate Joint Resolution No. 2 declared "Oregon, My Oregon" the state song of Oregon.

WHEREAS, the State of Oregon has never adopted a state song; and

WHEREAS, many civic and patriotic bodies have recommended "Oregon, My Oregon," words by J. A. Buchanon [Buchanan] and music by Henry B. Murtagh, be adopted as the State song of Oregon; and

WHEREAS, it is eminently proper that a State song should be adopted; therefore,

Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Oregon, the House of Representatives jointly concurring: That a song entitled "Oregon, My Oregon," words by J. A. Buchanon [Buchanan] and music by Henry B. Murtagh, be the same hereby is accepted and adopted as the State song of the State of Oregon.

State Songs
US State Songs
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.
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