My Homeland Tennessee
Words by Nell Grayson Taylor
Music by Roy Lamont Smith
Adopted in 1925 by the 64th General Assemby
Oh Tennesse, that gave us birth,
To thee our hearts bow down.
For thee our love and loyalty
Shall weave a fadeless crown.
Thy purple hills our cradle was;
Thy fields our mother breast
Beneath thy sunny bended skies,
Our childhood days were blessed.
Oh Tennessee: Fair Tennesse:
Our love for thee can never die:
Dear homeland, Tennessee.
'Tas long ago our fathers came,
A free and noble band,
Across the mountain's frowning heights
To seek a promised land.
And here before their raptured eyes;
In beauteous majesty:
Outspread the smiling valleys
Of the winding Tennessee.
'Could we forget our heritage
Of heroes strong and brave?
Could we do aught by cherist it,
Unsullied to the grave? Ah no! the State where Jackson sleeps,
Shall ever peerless be.
We glory in the majesty;
Our homeland Tennessee.