Iowa, the Hawkeye State, officially adopted the state song of Iowa in 1911, making The Song of Iowa a state symbol. In 1897, Samuel Hawkins Marshall Byers wrote the lyrics, based on the traditional German folk song, O, Tannenbaum.
The first stanza of the state song refers to the Midwestern state as the fairest of all and a poet’s dream. It continues by mentioning the cornfields, shining prairies, and sunsets, calling the state a paradise. The song ends by encouraging residents to learn the state’s history and remember its patriotic sons who died in battle.
Is there another Iowa state song?
Residents unofficially adopted another state song of Iowa that might be more popular and better known than The Song of Iowa. The Corn Song employs a rousing chorus proclaiming, “That’s where the tall corn grows,” usually sung with hands held high.
The Corn Song appears less serious than The Song of Iowa and refers to the state as I-O-Way. Many lines end with, “Yo-ho, yo-ho, yo-ho.” Iowans typically enjoy the energetic feel of this song about the state’s main crop.
The Corn Song was written by George Hamilton in 1912. He was a community leader in the Chamber of Commerce and Masonic Lodge. After Hamilton traveled to California for a Shriners' convention, he apparently saw the need for a state song of Iowa suitable for a marching band. He collaborated with band leader John T. Beeston to write the song to the tune of Traveling.
What are the lyrics to The Corn Song?
Let's sing of Grand old I-O-Way, Yo-Ho, yo-ho, yo-ho Our love is strong-er ev-'ry day, Yo-Ho, yo-ho, yo-ho So come a-long and join the throng, Sev-'ral hun-dred thou-sand strong As you come just sing this song, Yo-Ho, yo-ho, yo-ho We're from I-O-way, I-O-way. State of all the land, Joy on ev-'ry hand. We're from I-O-way, I-O-way. That's where the tall corn grows Our land is full of ripe-ning corn, Yo-Ho, yo-ho, yo-ho We've watched it grow both night and morn, Yo-Ho, yo-ho, yo-ho But now we rest, we've stood the test. All that's good we have the best I-O-way has reached the crest, Yo-Ho, yo-ho, yo-ho We're from I-O-way, I-O-way. State of all the land, Joy on ev-'ry hand. We're from I-O-way, I-O-way. That's where the tall corn grows We're from I-O-way, I-O-way. State of all the land, Joy on ev-'ry hand. We're from I-O-way, I-O-way. That's where the tall corn grows
What are the lyrics to The Song of Iowa, the official state song?
You ask what land I love the best, Iowa, tis Iowa, The fairest State of all the west, Iowa, O! Iowa. From yonder Mississippi's stream To where Missouri's waters gleam O! fair it is as poet's dream, Iowa, in Iowa. See yonders fields of tasseled corn, Iowa in Iowa, Where plenty fills her golden horn, Iowa in Iowa. See how her wonderous prairies shine To yonder sunset's purpling line, O! happy land, O! land of mine, Iowa, O! Iowa. And she has maids whose laughing eyes, Iowa, O! Iowa, To him who loves were Paradise, Iowa, O! Iowa. O! happiest fate that e'er was known, Such eyes to shine for one alone, To call such beauty all his own, Iowa, O! Iowa. Go read the story of thy past, Iowa, O! Iowa, What glorious deeds, what fame thou hast! Iowa, O! Iowa. So long as time's great cycle runs, Or nations weep their fallen ones, Thou'lt not forget thy patriot sons, Iowa, O! Iowa.
Do all states have a state song?
According to 50States.com, 49 of 50 states have an official state song. New Jersey does not have an official state song, but they do have an unofficial tune that was never signed into law by the governor: I’m From New Jersey.
What other symbols does the state of Iowa have?
Called the Hawkeye State and the Corn State, Iowa’s flag contains red, white, and blue vertical stripes, with the image of a bald eagle on the white section. The state’s motto, “Our liberty we prize, our rights we will maintain,” appears on a streamer under the eagle. Iowa became the 29th state in 1846.
Other state symbols include the eastern goldfinch as the state bird, the wild prairie rose as the state flower, and the northern red oak as the state tree. Iowa’s unofficial state fish is the channel catfish.
What is Iowa known for?
In addition to corn, Iowa is a major producer of soybeans, oats, cattle, and pigs.