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Alabama (state song)

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Alabama (state song)

The song “Alabama” is the official state song for the State of Governor B.M. Miller.

The inspiration for writing the poem Alabama came to Julia Tutwiler after she returned to her native state from Germany, where she had been studying new educational methods for girls and women. She recalled that in Germany patriotism was inspired by spirited songs. She thought that it would be helpful toward restoring the spirits of her own people to give them a new patriotic song, inspiring her to write "Alabama."


Alabama, Alabama, We will aye be true to thee,
From thy Southern shores where groweth,
By the sea thy orange tree.
To thy Northern vale where floweth,
Deep and blue the Tennessee,
Alabama, Alabama, we will aye be true to thee!
Broad thy stream whose name thou bearest;
Grand thy Bigbee rolls along;
Fair thy Coosa-Tallapoosa
Bold thy Warrior, dark and strong,
Goodlier than the land that Moses
Climbed lone Nebo's Mount to see,
Alabama, Alabama, we will aye be true to thee!
From thy prairies broad and fertile,
Where thy snow-white cotton shines,
To the hills where coal and iron
Hide in thy exhausted mines,
Strong -armed miners -sturdy farmers;
Loyal hearts what'er we be,
Alabama, Alabama, we will aye be true to thee!
From thy quarries where the marble
White as that of Paros gleams
Waiting till thy sculptor'ss chisel,
Wake to life thy poet's dreams;
Fear not only wealth of nature,
Wealth of mind has no fee,
Alabama, Alabama, we will aye be true to thee!
Where the perfumed south-wind whispers,
Thy magnolia groves among,
Softer than a mother's kisses,
Sweeter than a mother's song,
Where the golden jasmine trailing,
Woos the treasure-laden bee,
Alabama, Alabama, we will aye be true to thee!
Brave and pure thy men and women,
Better this than corn and wine
Make us worthy, God in Heaven
Of this goodly land of Thine.
Hearts as open as thy doorways.
Liberal hands and spirits free.
Alabama, Alabama, we will aye be true to thee!
Little, little can I give thee,
Alabama, mother mine.
But that little - hand, brain, spirit.
All I have and am are thine.
Take, O take, the gift and giver.
Take and serve thyself with me.
Alabama, Alabama, we will aye be true to thee!


  • Alabama Department of Archive and History state song: (February 6, 2014) Alabama retrieved 11/5/2014
  • Alabama women's hall of Fame 2000 Julia Strudwick Tutwiler retrieved 11/5/2014
  • Marcia G. Synnott (March 14, 2007) Encyclopedia of Alabama Julia S. Tutwiler retrieved 10/27/2014
  • (September 2004) copyrights reserved for 2002-2014 by NSTATE, LLC State song of Alabama (september,2004) retrieved 10/27/2014
  • David Bishop edited by Angela B.last modified (October 17, 2014) copyrights reserved for Conjecture Corporations 2003-2014 What is the Alabama State Song retrieved 11/5/2014
  • Martin Wilson (August 25, 2003) copyrighted 2004 by Heinemann Library Uniquely Alabama retrieved 11/5/2014

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