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"This is My West Virginia"

West Virginia State Song 3

Hills of West Virginia in autumn. Photo by ForestWander (use permitted with attribution).

Official State Song of West Virginia

"This is My West Virginia" by Iris Bell was designated an official state song of West Virginia in 1963. Iris Bell is a jazz musician, pianist, singer from Buckhannon, WV.

West Virginia has recognized three other state songs; "West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home" adopted in 1947, "The West Virginia Hills" adopted 1961, and "Take Me Home Country Roads," adopted in 2014. All State Songs

Lyrics to "This Is My West Virginia"

This is my West Virginia, the home of all my family,
And the faces of her people ever glow with loyalty;
The honest sweat born of honest toil is the only way they know
Here in my West Virginia, the home that I love so.
This is my West Virginia, her beauty makes my spirit whole,
In the times of dread and anguish it calms my fevered soul;
I lift mine eyes unto these hills and they give me power to go on
Here in my West Virginia, where I was born.
This is my West Virginia, and free her sons will always be
We will stand behind our principles as in 1863
Her pride will live and her strength will grow
Til her mountains turn to dust;
This is my West Virginia the land that I trust.
This is my West Virginia, these hills that guard my liberty
And her flag proclaims the legend "Mountaineers are always free."
Where-e'er I go she will call to me through the world in which I roam
This is my West Virginia, my land, my home.