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A 'state'ment in songPosted Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at 11:28 AM
In case you didn't know, Tennessee has seven state songs. Frankly, I'd never thought about anything other than the "Tennessee Waltz" and "Rocky Top" being the state song.
No. 8 may be on its way.
"So I'll Just Shine in Tennessee (I'm A Jackson, Tennessee Nugget") -- it applies anywhere, you insert your town's name in place of Jackson -- was written by Brenda Monroe-Moses and Mildred Lewis Atkins.
Here are the other seven nominees from the official state website.
Ever heard any of the others? "Rocky Top" comes around every football season and the "Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page easily pops into my mind, even if I cringe when I hear her version. Check "Tennessee Waltz" on YouTube and it's amazing how many people have recorded it. I'd choose the 1959 rock version by Bobby Comstock and the Counts.
What would be your choice for a state song? With tongue planted firmly in cheek, I might pick "Rednecks, White Socks and Blue RIbbon Beer." Or maybe not. "Pop A Top" would keep the patrons of one local bar, at least, happy.
And what would be a good official song for Bedford County or Shelbyville? I guess some horse-oriented folks might think "Tennessee Stud" by Eddie Arnold. As far as something preferably more current, I'm not sure at all.
But we can have some fun with this one...
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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