THE STATE SONG
"The Old North State" was adopted as the official song of the state of North Carolina by the General Assembly in 1927. The words were written by William Gaston and the music was collected and arranged by Mrs. E.E. Randolph.
The Old North State
Carolina! Carolina! Heaven's blessings attend her,
While we live we will cherish, protect, and defend her,
Tho' the scorner may sneer at and witlings defame her,
Still our hearts swell with gladness when ever we name her.
Hurrah! Hurrah! The Old North State forever,
Hurrah! Hurrah! The good Old North State.
Tho' she envies not others, their merited glory,
Say whose name stands the foremost, in liberty's story,
Tho' too true to herself e'er to crouch to oppression,
Who can yield to just rule a more loyal submission.
Then let all those who love us, love the land that we live in,
As happy a region as on this side of heaven,
Where plenty and peace, love and joy smile before us,
Raise aloud, raise together the heart thrilling chorus.