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 they sunny ended skies, Our childhood days were blessed. Chorus: O Tennessee: Fair Tennessee; Our love for thee can never die: Dear Homeland, Tennessee. 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 the grave? Ah no! the State where Jackson sleeps, Shall every peerless be We glory in they majesty: Our homeland, Tennessee.