Saturday, January 03, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Fifty years ago today baby!

AK
Stolen from Alaska's official statehood celebration website.

And instead of singing happy birthday, I'll leave you with the lyrics of the Alaska State Song.
Do they make Lower 48 kids sing their state's official song? Chunky hasn't come home singing any ditties about New Jersey. They made us learn this in school along with the National Anthem.

Alaska's Flag
Written by Marie Drake
Composed by Elinor Dusenbury

Eight stars of gold on a field of blue -Alaska's flag. May it mean to you
The blue of the sea, the evening sky,
The mountain lakes, and the flow'rs nearby;
The gold of the early sourdough's dreams,
The precious gold of the hills and streams;
The brilliant stars in the northern sky,
The "Bear" - the "Dipper" - and, shining high,The great North Star with its steady light,
Over land and sea a beacon bright.
Alaska's flag - to Alaskans dear, The simple flag of a last frontier.

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23 Comments:

Blogger Kay aka dkswife said...

Weee, the Russians didn't get it! ha ha ha

8:23 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Yay, Alaska!

8:27 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I didn't even know states had official songs.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

When I was in 4th grade, our class did a presentation one evening where we sang the state songs of all of the states and there was a little narration about their state flower, bird, etc. While I don't remember the songs, this is the only memorable thing from 12 years of "school". :)

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheeeeeeesh! You're celebrating more than we are up here!!! Anchorage has something going on but the Valley cancelled cause of the cold. Hey! The Gov can't take Trig out in below zero weather!! His head would freeze from his sister's hair grooming!!!
I don't remember any song for IL when I was growing up there. You know that if you go to anything today that is what is on the program!! Love, Mom

9:37 AM  
Blogger Poops said...

*clears throat*

New Hampshire, Old New Hampshire,
New Hampshire grand and great,
I will sing of Old New Hampshire
In the dear old Granite State.

That's all I know. I assume there have got to be more lyrics than that, though, considering how lame those are...

10:05 AM  
Blogger Mag said...

Bright light city gonna set my soul
Gonna set my soul on fire
Got a whole lot of money that's ready to burn,
So get those stakes up higher
There's a thousand pretty women waitin' out there
And they're all livin' devil may care
And I'm just the devil with love to spare
Viva Las Vegas, viva Las Vegas!!!

(I believe this lyricist sayin' we is loose wimmens out here!)

We had our centennial and I barely paid attention. is
At least Alaska is older than me.;)
But not by much. :(

10:33 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I've always thought John Gorka's NJ song was way better than the state anthemn.

"I'm from NJ, I don't expect too much,
If the world ended today, I would adjust"

I love it.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I don't recall any Ohio state song either! It's bad enough being made to learn a school song, let alone a state one! : )

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember when I lived in Iowa there was a song we learned about Iowa. Don't know if it was a state song or not (could of been from some musical set in Iowa).
It went something like this:
We're from Ioway, Ioway.
State of all the land(?)
Joy of ????? hand
We're from Ioway
That's where the tall corn grows!
Corny, right?

Alaska and your Uncle Joe are both turning 50 this year, oh no!

Love, Aunt Susan

1:00 PM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

I'm with the others...there are state songs? I know in Hawai'i my students played and sang a song about the island warriors being faithful to Kamehameha...and the mighty google confirms that it is indeed the state song...but um, yeah, no clue about Cali or Washington.

Happy birthday Alaska!

5:48 PM  
Blogger Batty said...

Serbian kid who grew up in Germany, then moved to the US... so sorry, no state song.

5:56 PM  
Blogger DPUTiger said...

Having attended several sporting events in Hawaii, I know they are very very prominent about their state song, but I've never heard a state song for any of the "lower 48"

I did, however, have half a year of Pittsburgh history and the other half of Pennsylvania history in second grade. No songs, though! (and that was a bazillion years ago, so who knows what they do now!)

And if Jersey has a state song, I hope it's Springsteen's! ;-)

6:43 PM  
Blogger kristi said...

Fifty Nifty United States from 13 original colonies, count 'em, scout'em, read all about em'..one by one, till their given a name to EVERY state in the USA...

Alabalama, Alaska, Arkansas, Calfornia, Colorado, Connecticut....

Just one more reason why I am ALWAYS selected for partners in Trivia games...

BTW ....yes, I know all the US States in alphabetical order...and in like 60 seconds...

and yes, my kids hear me sing this song on the way to daycare...

why?

cause i can

thats why!

Happy Birthdat Alaska!

7:11 PM  
Blogger Nell said...

Congrats, Alaska!!!

1:13 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I just googled state song for NY*, and holy cow, there is one!! Who knew? Unfortunately, it's not NY, NY by Sinatra.

*I know I live in NJ now, but I'm always going to be a NYer. :)

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

Big parties going on here. Its frickin 20 below in Anchorage. We're breaking records for cold temps. The interior is even worse! Yeah, yeah.... happy birthday Alaska....

6:56 PM  
Blogger Olga said...

WHAT THE????
Hey, I take a wee bit of a walk about and come back to find the worlds pop has gone up by one!!!!!I can't believe you kept that to your self! Man, we could of had a virtual baby shower, well, I guess we still could.Just to bug you. heh heh. Hey- congrats. That babes very very beeeuuutifu.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Linnea said...

Washington, my home!
Wherever I may roam,
This is my land, my native land
Washington, my home!

Kristi beat me to the 50 Nifty United States (from thirteen original colonies) song.

Go, Alaska! (Said in deep, cheering baritone voice)

4:24 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I read somewhere once that somebody wanted to make "Born to Run" New Jersey's state song. Awesome song, but, "we've gotta get out while we're young"?! Maybe not such a good state song, hmm?

10:12 AM  
Blogger Ina said...

Yay, Alaska!

Hawai'i has a state anthem that was its national anthem before U.S. annexation and banned when it was a territory. It also has a hymn similar to "Lift Every Voice and Sing" aka the Black National Anthem. School kids learn both and often sing both at assemblies.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Alisha said...

Happy Birthday Alaska!

12:15 PM  
Blogger SHELLY said...

Ah, yes the illustrious "State of Maine Song" (creative name, no?).

Grand State of Maine, proudly we sing
To tell your glories to the land
To shout your praises till the echoes ring
Should fate unkind send us to roam
The scent of the fragrant pines,
The tang of the salty sea will call us home.

Oh, Pine Tree State
Your woods, fields and hills
Your lakes, streams and rockbound coast
Will ever fill our hearts with thrills
And tho' we seek far and wide
Our search will be in vain
To find a fairer spot on earth
Than Maine! Maine! Maine!


I've been in Ohio for 10 years and had never heard anything about the state song, but apparently there is one.

3:05 PM  

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