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The History Of Maine’s State Song [VIDEO]

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There is something about music or a song that can help set the tone for most any event. Each state has its own state song, but we like Maine’s state song the best.

Written and composed by Maine native Roger Vinton Snow, the song covers the grandeur scenes the Pine Tree State has to offer to those who might visit her.

Some might wonder how Mr. Snow’s song was chosen to represent Maine.

In 1931, the Maine Publicity Bureau held and sponsored a competition and Roger Vinton Snow chose to enter the venue with hopes to perform his Maine State Song.

Roger Vinton Snow won the competition and the rest is history.

The sheet music, published by Cressey and Allen of Portland in 1932, bore the handwritten note that read, “Roger V. Snow’s copy Please return.”

Mr. Snow’s lyrics to the song are as follows:

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!

The Maine State Legislature adopted Snow’s tune as Maine’s official song on March 30, 1937.

Here is a rendition of the Maine State Song in the video below.

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