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Tennessee Song of the 97th General Assembly

"Tennessee"

Written by Vivian Rorie

Adopted in 1992.

The song, "Tennessee", by Vivian Rorie was adopted as the official song of the 97th General Assembly in 1992. It was adopted by House Joint Resolution 744 of the 97th General Assembly. Although "Tennessee" is listed as a state song, technically it is not. It's the song of the 97th General Assembly.

Tennessee Song of the 97th General Assembly: "Tennessee"

"Tennessee"

I do not know of another state
Where I had rather be
Than this great state I'm living in
And that is Tennessee.

I love the stars dearly
And there are surely three
That show the Grand Division
Of my home-land, Tennessee.

Where could you find a meadow
With grass so vividly green?
Where could you find the mountains
With such majestic scene?

You will never find so bright a moon
To shine down from above
You will also see the robin
The wren, and the turtle dove.

And don't forget the rivers
Where visitors long to stay.
And many have voice in parting,
'I'm sure glad I passed this way.'

You will see the cattle grazing
Beside a cotton field;
And there's the Grand Ole Opry
And a feeling it's all God's will.

I have lived here all my life
It's where I'm going to be
Although I've traveled quite a bit,
I'll still take Tennessee!

Oh, I sure love the state I'm in:
The great state of Tennessee!"

Origin of Song: "Tennessee"

Tennessee Law

Tennessee by Vivian Rorie was adopted as an official song of Tennessee in 1992. It was adopted by House Joint Resolution 744 of the 97th General Assembly.

 

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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