Tennessee has six official state songs! They cover the gamut of musical styles from traditional to
bluegrass. The most traditional song is "My Homeland, Tennessee," with words by Nell Grayson Taylor:
Oh Tennessee, that gave us birth,
To thee our hearts bow down.
For thee our love and loyalty
Shall weave a fadeless crown . . .
A more nostalgic tune is "When it's iris Time in Tennessee," by Willa Ward Newman (adopted in 1935):
Sweetness of Spring memories bring
Of a place I long to be
Land of Sunshine call this old heart of mine
Come back to Tennessee.
Then there's the "Tennessee Waltz," with words by Redd Stewart that tell the story of a guy who is waltzing
with his darling, introduces her to an old friend, and then finds himself alone on the dance floor as his darling runs off
with his friend. What kind of a state song is this?
The official state public school song, "My Tennessee," adopted in 1955, clearly states Tennessee's position
on including creationism in the public school curriculum:
Beloved state, oh state of mine,
In all the world I could not find,
Where God has strewn with lavish hand,
More natural beauty o'er the land.
From ev'ry stream and valley green
His wondrous art is ever seen . . .
There is another song called "Tennessee," adopted in 1992, which doesn't really have any words worth noting.
Saving the best for last, Tennessee has one state song that I would bet is played more often than all
its other state songs put together: "Rocky Top." Who among us has not sung this chorus?
Rocky Top, you'll always beeeeee
Home sweet home to meeeeee.
Good old Rocky Top,
Rocky Top, Tennessee.