State Song Of Alaska

State Song Of Alaska

Alaska‘s Flag Is The State Song Of Alaska. It Was Officially Adopted As The Alaska State Song in 1955. “Alaska’s Flag” Was written by Marie Drake a long-time employee of the Alaska Department of Education, and set to music composed by Elinor Dusenbury, who husband was commander of Chilkoot Barracks at Haines from 1933 to 1936 was adopted as the official State Song Of Alaska in 1955, and was gifted to the University of Alaska in April 1960.

Carol Beery Davis wrote the second verse to “Alaska’s Flag” and gifted the words (protected by copyright) to the University of Alaska Foundation in February 1987. The Alaska State Song began gradually to be played unofficially and steadily grew in popularity over the next two decades. To the surprise and delight of both women, the Territorial Legislature adopted “Alaska’s Flag” in 1955. It became the official State song when the Territory of Alaska entered the union as the 49th state in 1959.

 

“Alaska’s Flag”

Written by Marie Drake

Composed by Elinor Dusenbury

 

1st Verse of Alaska’s Flag Song

Eight stars of gold on a field of blue,

Alaska’s flag, may it mean to you,

The blue of the sea, the evening sky,

The mountain lakes and the flowers nearby,

The gold of the early sourdough’s dreams,

The precious gold of the hills and streams,

The brilliant stars in the northern sky,

The “Bear,” the “Dipper,” and shining high,

The great North Star with its steady light,

O’er land and sea a beacon bright,

Alaska’s flag to Alaskans dear,

The simple flag of the last frontier.

 

2nd Verse of Alaska’s Flag Song

— Words by Carol Beery Davis

 

A Native lad chose the Dipper’s stars

For Alaska’s flag that there be no bars

Among our culture. Let it be known

Through years the Native’s past has grown

To share life’s treasures, hand in hand,

To keep Alaska our Great-Land;

We love the northern midnight sky,

The mountains, lakes, and streams nearby.

The great North Star with its steady light

Will guide all cultures, clear and bright,

With nature’s flag to Alaskans dear,

The simple flag of the last frontier.