O Fair New Mexico
Regional anthem of New Mexico
|Lyrics||Elizabeth Garrett, 1917|
|Adopted||March 14, 1917|
"O Fair New Mexico" (instrumental)
"O Fair New Mexico", the regional anthem of the U.S. state of New Mexico was officially selected as the state song in 1917. It was adopted as the state song by an act of the New Mexico legislature, approved on March 14, 1917, as signed by New Mexican governor Washington E. Lindsey.
The author, Elizabeth Garrett, was the daughter of former Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett, the man who killed Billy the Kid. The musical genre of "O Fair New Mexico" is classified as a tango, composed in a New Mexico music style.
The following are the lyrics for "O Fair New Mexico":
- First verse
- Under a sky of azure, where balmy breezes blow,
- Kissed by the golden sunshine, is Nuevo México.
- Home of the Montezuma, with fiery hearts a glow,
- State of the deeds historic, is Nuevo México.
- O fair New Mexico, we love, we love you so
- Our hearts with pride o'erflow , no matter where we go,
- O fair New Mexico, we love, we love you so,
- The grandest state to know, New Mexico.
- Second verse
- Rugged and high sierras, with deep canyons below;
- Dotted with fertile valleys, is Nuevo México.
- Fields full of sweet alfalfa, richest perfumes bestow,
- State of the apple blossoms, is Nuevo México.
- Third verse
- Days that are full of heart-dreams, nights when the moon hangs low;
- Beaming its benediction, o'er Nuevo México.
- Land with its bright mañana, coming through weal and woe;
- State of our esperanza, is Nuevo México.
- "Así Es Nuevo Méjico", the Spanish state song
- "The New Mexico State Song", NSTATE, LLC, December 2004, web: Netstate-song-nm.
- "New Mexico Secretary of State, State Songs". New Mexico Secretary of State.
- Lovato, Andrew Leo (September 13, 2012). "Singing New Mexico's Praises". New Mexico Tourism & Travel. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
- "Listen to 'O Fair New Mexico'". New Mexico Secretary of State. Roberto Mondragon.