Iowa State Song (Lyrics)

Having just moved to Iowa, I was searching to hear the Iowa State Song. I found the lyrics and the music (O Tannenbaum aka O Christmas Tree), but couldn’t find anyone who put the two together. So, here goes…

Edit: I found this after my posting. The members of the Gamma Xi Chapter (Morningside College, Sioux City) of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia do an outstanding job of singing Iowa’s State Song:

Edit: This is my favorite song about Iowa so far, called the Iowa Waltz by Greg Brown:


Iowa State Song
Written by S.H.M. Byers
To the music of Tannenbaum

You asked 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 wondrous 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 whose 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


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