“Montana” Is The Official State Song Of Montana. Montana Adopted an official state song in 1945. The Montana State Song “Montana,” Composed in 1910 And lyrics by Charles Cohan and melody by Joseph E. Howard. The Montana State also Adopted a State ballad and a State Lullaby.
Tell me of that Treasure State
Story always new,
Tell of its beauties grand
And its hearts so true.
Mountains of sunset fire
The land I love the best
Let me grasp the hand of one
From out the golden West
Montana, Montana, Glory of the West
Of all the states from coast to coast, You’re easily the best
Montana, Montana, Where skies are always blue
M-O-N-T-A-N-A, Montana I love you.
Each country has its flow’r;
Each one plays a part,
Each bloom brings a longing hope
To some lonely heart.
Bitterroot to me is dear
Growing in my land
Sing then that glorious air
The one I understand.
The idea for a State Song Of Montana written specifically about the state came from Mrs. E. Creighton Largey, who was once a member of Howard’s performance company. After a show on 27 September 1910 in which the song “Illinois” was performed, she suggested a tribute to Montana. She also recommended Cohan, a newspaper editor, assist Howard with writing the song. Howard and Cohan wrote it in just 30 minutes and performed it for the first time later that night.
The Montana State Song speaks of the beauties of the state, from the skies “always blue” to the “sunset fire” of the mountains. The flowers of the state are also praised, specifically the Bitterroot, the state flower of Montana. The state, is the song says, the “glory of the West,” and, as befits a state song, the best state in the US.