State Song Of Idaho
The State Song Of Idaho is called “Here We Have Idaho“. Idaho designated “Here We Have Idaho” (sometimes called “Our Idaho”) as the official Idaho State Song in 1931. The Music for the Idaho State Song is composed by Sallie Hume Douglas was Copyrighted on 4 November 1915, under the title “Garden of Paradise.” In 1917, McKinley Helm, a student at the University of Idaho, wrote the verse which became the chorus of the State Song Of Idaho, and Alice Bessie set the words to the music by Sallie Hume Douglas.
The Idaho State Song was popular then, and Bessie had no idea of its origin. This State Song Of Idaho won the annual university prize for that year and eventually became the university’s alma mater. Albert J. Tompkins, Director of Music in the Boise Public Schools, wrote a set of verses for the song. In 1931, the Idaho Legislature designated State Song Of Idaho “Here We Have Idaho,” previously known at the University of Idaho as “Our Idaho,” as the Idaho state song.
“Here We Have Idaho”
Music by Sallie Hume Douglas,
Verses by Albert J.Tompkins,
Chorus by McKinley Helm
You’ve heard of the wonders our land does possess,
It’s beautiful valleys and hills,
The majestic forests where nature abounds,
We love every nook and rill.
And here we have Idaho
Winning her way to fame.
Silver and gold in the sunlight blaze,
and romance lies in her name.
Singing, we’re singing of you,
Ah, proudly too,
All our lives thru, we’ll go
Singing, singing of you,
Singing of Idaho.
There’s truly one state in this great land of ours
Where ideals can be realized.
The pioneers made it so for you and me,
A legacy we’ll always prize.
The law designating the song “Our Idaho,” as the official Idaho state song is found in the Idaho Statutes, Title 67, Chapter 45, Section 67-4503. The words are included within the statute.