Montana Melody

Montana State Ballad

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Mount Gould in Glacier National Park, Montana

Mount Gould and a view to the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park, Montana; photo by Mark Stevens on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Montana Melody

by Carleen Harvey and LeGrande Harvey

Students from Jefferson School in Helena were instrumental in getting the bill passed to have Montana Melody by LeGrande Harvey and Carleen Harvey adopted as the official state ballad of Montana in 1983.

Lyrics

I long to be in the places that I see
in the pictures of my dreams
Where there's mountains full of trees,
meadows carpeted in green
Silent, snow-fall, clear running streams.

Where the bear-grass blooms
In the spring-time of the year,
And the larch turn gold in the Fall
Where there's deer, elk and antelope
Beaver, bears and birds and the yippin'
coyotes serenade them all.

Chorus

Yes, there's no place like Montana,
the Big Sky country, my home.
A place to set my spirit free,
a Rocky Mountain melody,
These things are a part of me,
Montana, Montana, my home.

Charlie Russell clouds paint sunsets in the West,
in colors of red, blue and gold.
Snow-capped peaks reach endless to the sky,
and the grain-fields with gentle breezes flow.

There's high mountain lakes, Missouri river breaks
and the open plains, where the buffalo used to roam.
It's a cowboy song, it's where Indians belong
God's country, my home sweet home.

I had a dream, of how Heaven's s'posed to be,
and when I die, that's where I want to go.
Cause there's mountains full of trees, meadows
carpeted in green, silent snowfall, clear running streams.

Montana