The State of Iowa

Current State Song
Proposed Song

Iowa State Song

Written by S.H.M. Byers
To the music of Oh Tannenbaum

You asked what land I love the best, Iowa, tis Iowa.
The fairest State of all the west, Iowa, O! Iowa,
From yonder Misissippi'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 ----- fills her golden horn, Iowa in Iowa.
See how her wonderous ------ shine. To yonder sunsetÕs purpling line.
Of happy land, Of land of mine, Iowa, O! Iowa.

And she has made whose laughing eyes, Iowa, O! Iowa.
To him whose loves were Paradise. Iowa, O! Iowa
O! happiest fae that eÕer 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 timeÕs great cycle runs. Or nations weep their fallen ones
ThouÕll not forget thy patrial sons. Iowa, O! Iowa


Download Iowa.mp3

Word and Music by Chuck Jones
Performed by The FA102 Choir on April 20th 2004
on the Indiana University Campus, Bloomington