Did you know that South Dakota has an offical state song? I guess, I kind of figured we did, we have a state soil after all, so why not a state song? Our state soil is Houdek, by the way.

Houdek is a type of soil composed of glacial till and decomposed organic matter. It is found only in the U.S.

state of South Dakota where it is the state soil. - Wikipedia

Anyways, our state song is called "Hail, South Dakota." It was written by DeeCort Hammitt, a South Dakota native who grew-up in Alcester. In the 1920's Hammitt became the director of the Alcester Community Band. They got so famous under his direction that they were named the official state band. In 1927, they played for President Calvin Coolidge in the Black Hills. They also represented South Dakota at the Chicago World's Fair in the 1930's.

In 1943, his song "Hail, South Dakota" was chosen by popular vote as South Dakota's official state song. According to the sheet music, is to be played in Snappy March Time. Here's the lyrics:

Hail! South Dakota, A great state of the land,
Health, wealth and beauty, That's what makes her grand;
She has her Black Hills, And mines with gold so rare,
And with her scenery, No other state can compare.
Come where the sun shines, And where life's worth your while,
You won't be here long, 'Till you'll wear a smile;
No state's so healthy, And no folk quite so true,
To South Dakota. We welcome you.
Hail! South Dakota, The state we love the best,
Land of our fathers, Builders of the west;
Home of the Badlands, and Rushmore's ageless shrine,
Black Hills and prairies, Farmland and Sunshine.
Hills, farms and prairies, Blessed with bright Sunshine

Source: Travel South Dakota


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