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.
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.
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 Arizona
Our Goddess and our queen.