Our Great Virginia

Virginia State Traditional Song


Virginia Beach, Virginia at dawn

Sunrise; Virginia Beach, Virginia USA at dawn.  Photo by Gary Lerude/Flickr (Use Permitted with Attribution/No Derivative Works).

Official State Traditional Song of Virginia

by Mike Greenly &Jim Papoulis

By a vote of 39-0 in the Virginia state senate, "Our Great Virginia" was designated the official state traditional song, and "Sweet Virginia Breeze" was designated the official state popular song of Virginia (the bill was signed into law by the governor effective 7/1/15). "Our Great Virginia” (lyrics by Mike Greenly and arranged by Jim Papoulis) is sung to the tune of “Shenandoah.”

“Carry Me Back to Old Virginia” was the original state song of Virginia (adopted in 1940), but in 1997 the designation was changed to the “state song emeritus.” All State Songs


You'll always be our great Virginia.

You're the birthplace of the nation:

Where history was changed forever.

Today, your glory stays, as we build tomorrow.

I fill with pride at all you give us—

Rolling hills, majestic mountains,

From the Shenandoah to the Atlantic,

Rivers wide and forests tall, all in one Virginia.

For each of us here in Virginia,

From farm to city dweller,

All of us, we stand together.

We're yours, we all are yours—

Across our great Virginia.

You'll always be our great Virginia.



Virginia State Traditional Song OUR GREAT VIRGINIA with vocal and lyrics