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My Michigan

Michigan State Song

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Wisconsin; photo by Jim (Jimflix) on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Official State Song of Michigan

Michigan designated "My Michigan" as the official state song in 1936 (lyrics by Giles Kavanagh and music by H. O'Reilly Clint; written in 1933). All State Songs

Many people think "Michigan, My Michigan" by W. Otto Meissner and Douglas Malloch is the official state song of Michigan (a traditional song that dates back to the Civil War), but "My Michigan" is the only song recognized by Michigan legislature. The final resolution reads:

"WHEREAS, The words and music in the song My Michigan, as composed and written by Giles Kavanagh and H. O'Reilly Clint, express the hopes, ambitions and pride of the people of the State of Michigan; and

WHEREAS, On June 18, 1936, Governor Frank D. Fitzgerald designated "My Michigan," as an official song of the State of Michigan, in true recognition of the fine thoughts conveyed in the words and music of this lovely memorial to the State of Michigan; now therefore be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That the 1937 Michigan Legislature designates and adopts "My Michigan," as an official song of the State of Michigan."