New State Song?
The Roanoke Times reports that, on Wednesday, the Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology approved a bill that would make 'Shenandoah' the interim state song, replacing 'Carry Me Back To Old Virginny' which was declared the state song emeritus by the General Assembly back in 1997. Senate Bill 682 was approved today by the Senate on a vote of 38-0, with Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke) not voting.
Personally, the song I favor as a replacement is 'Old Dominion' by the group Eddie From Ohio. Here's the song's chorus:
When you're talking homeYou can read the rest of the lyrics here. For those not familiar with EFO, the group is comprised of three former Virginia Tech students and one former JMU student. It is a wonderful song that covers the best of what Virginia has to offer from "the surf" to "the hills." Unfortunately I doubt there will be much support for a state song by a group with another state's name, particularly given the ongoing tiff with Ohio over that whole "Who has more Presidents?" thing.
you mean the Old Dominion
just southeast of heaven to the surf and the hills
she's the best of thirteen sisters
and thirty seven more
sweet sweet virginia always keeps an open door
It seems as though the legislators intend to get this state song issue resolved before the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, I'm just afraid that any 'American idol' style competition will prove to be a disaster and leave people with hurt feelings. I'd prefer the General Assembly just make the decision for themselves.