Arizona State Song

Written by on December 27, 2012 in AZ History & Heritage - Comments Off on Arizona State Song

The official Arizona state song, “The Arizona March Song” was written by Margaret Rowe Clifford and music was composed by Maurice Blumenthal. It was adopted as the official state song in 1915.

However, the “alternate anthem,” “Arizona,” is a Country and Western song, written and performed by Rex Allen and Rex Allen, Jr. It was adopted in 1981. Take a listen to this version performed by the Rockin R Wranglers at the Rockin’ R Ranch in Mesa, AZ.

Here are the words to the version written in 1915.

Come to this land of sunshine
To this land where life is young.
Where the wide, wide world is waiting,
The songs that will now be sung.
Where the golden sun is flaming
Into warm, white shining day,
And the sons of men are blazing
Their priceless right of way.

chorus
Come stand beside the rivers
Within our valley broad.
Stand here with heads uncovered,
In the presence of our God!
While all around, about us
The brave, unconquered band,
As guardians and landmarks
The giant mountains stand.

chorus
Not alone for gold and silver
Is Arizona great.
But with graves of heroes sleeping,
All the land is consecrate!
O, come and live beside us
However far ye roam
Come and help us build up temples
And name those temples “home.”

chorus
Sing the song that’s in your hearts
Sing of the great Southwest,
Thank God, for Arizona
In splendid sunshine dressed.
For thy beauty and thy grandeur,
For thy regal robes so sheen
We hail thee Arizona
Our Goddess and our queen.

Here are the words to the 1981 version.

I love you, Arizona; Your mountains, deserts and streams; The rise of Dos Cabezas* And the outlaws I see in my dreams;

I love you Arizona, Superstitions* and all; The warmth you give at sunrise; Your sunsets put music in us all.

Oo, Arizona; You’re the magic in me; Oo, Arizona, You’re the life-blood of me;

I love you Arizona; Desert dust on the wind; The sage and cactus are blooming, And the smell of the rain on your skin.

Oo, Arizona; You’re the magic in me; Oo, Arizona, You’re the life-blood of me.

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