Washington, My Home

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Washington, My Home is the state song of Washington, in the United States. Written by Helen Davis and arranged by Stuart Churchill, it was adopted on March 19, 1959.[1]

According to state law (RCW 1.20.071), all proceeds from the song's sale are to be paid into the state's general fund.[2]

There is a popular myth in Washington state that the state song is actually Louie, Louie by The Kingsmen. There was indeed an effort to change the state song to "Louie, Louie" in the 1980s, spearheaded by KING-TV comedy-show Almost Live! host Ross Shafer, but the measure ultimately failed to pass. However, then-governor Booth Gardner proclaimed one day in that timeframe to be the state's official "Louie, Louie Day".

Lyrics[edit]

This is my country; God gave it to me;
I will protect it, ever keep it free.
Small towns and cities rest here in the sun,
Filled with our laughter, "Thy will be done."

Washington my home;
Where ever I may roam;
This is my land, my native land,
Washington, my home.
Our verdant forest green,
Caressed by silvery stream;
From mountain peak to fields of wheat.
Washington, my home.

There's peace you feel and understand
In this, our own beloved land.
We greet the day with head held high,
And forward ever is our cry.
We'll happy ever be
As people always free.
For you and me a destiny;
Washington my home.

Courtesy of 50states.com


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Symbols of Washington State". Washington State Legislature. Archived from the original on 2011-11-29. Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ "RCW 1.20.071: State song — Proceeds from sale". Apps.leg.wa.gov. Retrieved 2013-11-21.