My Homeland, Tennessee

Tennessee State Song 1


Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Smoky Mountains National Park at Greystone Heights, Gatlinburg, Tennessee; photo by Ed Selby on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

My Homeland, Tennessee

by Nell Grayson Taylor & Roy Lamont Smith

Tennessee designated My Homeland, Tennessee (words by Nell Grayson Taylor and music by Roy Lamont Smith) as an official state song in 1925.


O Tennessee, that gave us birth,
To thee our hearts bow down.
For thee our love and loyalty
Shall weave a fadeless crown.
Thy purple hills our cradle was:
Thy fields our mother breast
Beneath thy sunny bended skies,
Our childhood days were blessed.

Verse 2

‘Twas long ago our fathers came,
A free and noble band,
Across the mountain’s frowning heights
To seek a promised land.
And here before their raptured eyes;
In beauteous majesty:
Outspread the smiling valleys
Of the winding Tennessee.

Verse 3

‘Could we forget our heritage
Of heroes strong and brave?
Could we do aught but cherish it,
Unsullied to the grave?
Ah no! the State where Jackson sleeps,
Shall ever peerless be.
We glory in thy majesty:
Our homeland, Tennessee.


O Tennessee: Fair Tennessee:
Our love for thee can never die:
Dear Homeland Tennessee.