Scenic landscape; Sedona, Arizona. Photo by steviep187/Flickr (Noncommercial Use Permitted with Attribution/No Derivative Works).
Official State Anthem of Arizona
Arizona designated "Arizona March Song" by Margaret Rowe Clifford & Maurice Blumenthal as the official state anthem of Arizona in 1919 (An alternate anthem was designated in 1982; "Arizona").
Come to this land of sunshine
To this land where life is young.
Where the wide, wide world is waiting,
The songs that will now be sung.
Where the golden sun is flaming
Into warm, white, shining day,
And the sons of men are blazing
Their priceless right of way.
Come stand beside the rivers
Within our valleys broad.
Stand here with heads uncovered,
In the presence of our God!
While all around, about us
The brave, unconquered band,
As guardians and landmarks
The giant mountains stand.
Not alone for gold and silver
Is Arizona great.
But with graves of heroes sleeping,
All the land is consecrate!
O, come and live beside us
However far ye roam
Come and help us build up temples
And name those temples "home".
Sing the song that's in your hearts
Sing of the great Southwest,
Thank God, for Arizona
In splendid sunshine dressed.
For thy beauty and thy grandeur,
For thy regal robes so sheen
We hail thee Arizona
Our Goddess and our queen.
(Copyright 1915 by Margaret Rowe Clifford)