State Anthem of Arizona

State Anthem of Arizona

The “Arizona March Song” Is The State Anthem of Arizona. The State Of Arizona designated and accepted “Arizona March Song”  as the official State Song of Arizona in 1919 (An alternate anthem was designated in 1982). It Was Composed By Margaret Rowe Clifford & Maurice Blumenthal. This State Anthem of Arizona  “Arizona March Song” was written in 1915 by Margaret Rowe Clifford (1841-1926).

It Was Published by the Hatch Music Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born in Quebec, Canada, Mrs. Clifford move to Arizona in 1896.  Today, Arizona State Anthem is most often referred to as the “Arizona March Song.” On the other hand, as can be seen below, the song adopted with the approval of House Bill No. 15 is clearly titled “Arizona.”

 

“Arizona March Song”

Written by Margaret Rowe Clifford

Composed by Maurice Blumenthal

 

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 a warm, white shining day,

And the sons of men are blazing

Their priceless right of way.

 

Chorus

Come stand beside the rivers

Within our valley 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.

 

Chorus

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.”

 

Chorus

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 Arizona

Our Goddess and our queen.