Music by Roy Lamont Smith Words by Nell Grayson Taylor Pearson O Tennessee, that gave us birth. To thee our hearts bow down, for thee our love and loyalty Shall weave a fadeless crown, Thy purple hills our cradle was Thy fields our mother breast, Beneath thy sunny bended skies, Our childhood days were blessed. Twas long ago our fathers came, A free and noble band. Across the mountains frowning heights, to seek a promised land . And here before their raptured eyes; In beauteous majesty: Outspread the smiling valleys Of the winding Tennessee. Could we forget our heritage Of heroes strong and brave? Could we do aught but cherish it. Unsullied to tyhe grave? Ah no! the State where Jackson sleeps. Shall ever peerless be We glory in thy majesty: Our homeland, Tennessee. Chorus: O Tennessee, Fair Tennessee, Our love for thee can never die, Dear Homeland, Tennessee. Adopted 1925.