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Wisconsin State Waltz

"The Wisconsin Waltz"

Music and Lyrics written by Eddie Hansen

Adopted on August 31, 2001.

"The Wisconsin Waltz" was adopted on August 31, 2001 as the Wisconsin State Waltz.

Wisconsin State Waltz: "The Wisconsin Waltz"

"The Wisconsin Waltz"

Music from heaven throughout the years; the beautiful Wisconsin Waltz.

Favorite song of the pioneers; the beautiful Wisconsin Waltz.

Song of my heart on that last final day, when it is time to lay me away.

One thing I ask is to let them play the beautiful Wisconsin Waltz.

My sweetheart, my complete heart, it's for you when we dance together; the beautiful Wisconsin Waltz.

I remember that September, before love turned into an ember, we danced to the Wisconsin Waltz.

Summer ended, we intended that our lives then would both be blended, but somehow our planning got lost.

Memory now sings a dream song, a faded love theme song; the beautiful Wisconsin Waltz.

Origin of Waltz: "The Wisconsin Waltz"

"Wisconsin Waltz" as the official state waltz at the urging of Rep. Marlin Schneider (D-Wisconsin Rapids).

Waupaca-born composer Ethwell "Eddy" Hanson befriended gangsters in Chicago, was a guest in most of England's royal palaces and toured the country in 1918, selling war bonds. In his music, though, Hanson never ventured far from home, and "The Wisconsin Waltz" is on track to become the official state waltz. State Rep. Marlin Schneider, D-Wisconsin Rapids, has added the proposal to name Hanson's waltz an official state symbol as an amendment to Assembly Bill 21, which also would make "Oh Wisconsin, Land of My Dreams" the official state ballad. Locally, Hanson is remembered as "dapper" and "colorful." "He'd play piano with his left hand and the organ with his right," said Arlin Barden, retired commandant of the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, where Hanson died in 1986. "He was really something." Hanson was born in Waupaca in either 1893 or 1898. He moved to Neenah in 1910, finished high school, then worked his way through Lawrence University playing the organ in movie theaters. By 1918, when he enlisted in the Navy so he could play saxophone in John Philip Sousa's band, he'd published "Rattlesnake Rag," "Moon Maid," "Homecoming Song," and "When Evening Shades are Falling." Later, for Appleton band leader Lawrence Duchow, Hanson wrote "The Polish Piano Polka," the "Windy City Polka," and, in 1951, "The Wisconsin Waltz." After World War I, Hanson moved to Chicago, where he played the organ for a succession of radio stations, including WGN, WLS and WBBM.

Wisconsin Law

The law designating "The Wisconsin Waltz," music and lyrics written by Eddie Hansen as the official Wisconsin state waltz is found in the Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 1, Section 1.10(1r)

Sovereignty, Jurisdiction and Civil Divisions of the State. 
CHAPTER 1 SOVEREIGNTY AND JURISDICTION OF THE STATE 
1.10 State song, state ballad, state waltz, state dance, and state symbols.

1.10  State song, state ballad, state waltz, state dance, and state symbols.

(1) The Wisconsin state song is "On, Wis-consin",
music written by W. T. Purdy, the words to which are as follows:
"On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Grand old badger state!
We, thy loyal sons and daughters, Hail thee, good and great. On,
Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Champion of the right, 'Forward', our
motto - God will give thee might!".

(1m) The Wisconsin state ballad is "Oh Wisconsin, Land of My Dreams"
music written by Shari A. Sarazin and lyrics written
by Erma Barrett, the words to which are as follows:
"Oh Wiscon-sin, land of beauty, with your hillsides and your plains,
with your jackpine and your birch tree, and your oak of mighty frame.
Land of rivers, lakes and valleys, land of warmth and winter snows,
land of birds and beasts and humanity, oh Wisconsin, I love you so.
Oh Wisconsin, land of my dreams. Oh Wisconsin, you're all I'll ever
need. A little heaven here on earth could you be? Oh Wisconsin,
land of my dreams. In the summer, golden grain fields; in the win-ter,
drift of white snow; in the springtime, robins singing; in the
autumn, flaming colors show. Oh I wonder who could wander, or
who could want to drift for long, away from all your beauty, all
your sunshine, all your sweet song? Oh Wisconsin, land of my
dreams. Oh Wisconsin, you're all I'll ever need. A little heaven
here on earth could you be? Oh Wisconsin, land of my dreams.
And when it's time, let my spirit run free in Wisconsin. land of my dreams."

(1r) The Wisconsin state waltz is "The Wisconsin Waltz," music and lyrics written by Eddie Hansen, the words to which are as follows: "Music from heaven throughout the years; the beautiful Wisconsin Waltz. Favorite song of the pioneers; the beautiful Wisconsin Waltz. Song of my heart on that last final day, when it is time to lay me away. One thing I ask is to let them play the beautiful Wisconsin Waltz. My sweetheart, my complete heart, it's for you when we dance together; the beautiful Wisconsin Waltz. I remember that September, before love turned into an ember, we danced to the Wisconsin Waltz. Summer ended, we intended that our lives then would both be blended, but somehow our planning got lost. Memory now sings a dream song, a faded love theme song; the beautiful Wisconsin Waltz."

 

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