O Fair New Mexico
|"O Fair New Mexico"|
|Song by Elizabeth Garret|
O Fair New Mexico, recorded by Elizabeth Garrett in 1924
"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 of the song, Elizabeth Garrett, was the daughter of former Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett, the man who killed Billy the Kid. "O Fair New Mexico" was composed and copyrighted in 1915 as a guardia vieja era tango.
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.
- "Así Es Nuevo Méjico", the Spanish state song
- "The New Mexico State Song", NSTATE, LLC, December 2004, web: Netstate-song-nm.
- Mondragon, Roberto. "New Mexico Secretary of State, State Songs". New Mexico Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 27 June 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
- "Guardia Vieja I: 1895 to 1910". Tangology 101. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
- Hatchitt, Mary Ann. "Historic Recording of State Song to be Unveiled at Opening of The Land That Enchants Me So Exhibition at New Mexico History Museum on March 2". New Mexico History Museum. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
- Terrell, Steve. "Long-lost state song recording featured in upcoming exhibit". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
- "Official State Song – "O Fair New Mexico"". New Mexico Secretary of State. Retrieved 10 April 2020.