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Oh, New Hampshire

Animaterra 11 Mar 98 - 09:36 PM
S.P. Buck Mulligan 12 Mar 98 - 07:56 AM
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Subject: Oh, New Hampshire
From: Animaterra
Date: 11 Mar 98 - 09:36 PM

There's a song( by a living folk singer/songwriter) with the refrain that begins, "Oh, New Hampshire, you're my home...". Who wrote it, and how can I hear itm?


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Subject: RE: Oh, New Hampshire
From: S.P. Buck Mulligan
Date: 12 Mar 98 - 07:56 AM

I haven't found the lyric yet, but that could surely be "Song For New Hampshire" by Bill Staines. Maybe not, but it's a good place to start - Bill Staines is always a good person to check out anyway. Especially for something to do with New England/New Hampshire.


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Subject: RE: Oh, New Hampshire
From: Bruce O.
Date: 12 Mar 98 - 12:16 PM

And Wyoming, where he sometimes stays with friends that have a ranch near the east entrance to Grand Teton National Park.


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Subject: RE: Oh, New Hampshire
From: S.P. Buck Mulligan
Date: 12 Mar 98 - 12:46 PM

as in "Sweet Wyoming Home"


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Subject: RE: Oh, New Hampshire
From: Dale Rose
Date: 12 Mar 98 - 03:10 PM

"The songs I'm used to hearin' ain't the kind the jukebox plays"~~one of my favorite Bill Staines lines, or favorite from anybody for that matter.

About the New Hampshire question, I am fairly certain that I have seen the sheet music for an old time song with a similar title at the Ozark Cultural Resource Center. Because of ongoing renovations at the Center, it may be a while before I can check it out.


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Subject: RE: Oh, New Hampshire
From: John Nolan
Date: 12 Mar 98 - 06:19 PM

Maybe it's the Shaw Brothers. Having lived in New Hampshire for 15 years I am proud to say I have avoided both them and this song, which frankly, (no offence intended), sounds like it will be appalling. Bet it doesn't mention this is the only state in America with no public kindergarten, the only U.S state with no Martin Luther King Day, the state with the highest electricity rates in the Union, etc. etc. Maybe Barry knows it...he exists in Derry, NH.


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Subject: RE: Oh, New Hampshire
From: Barry Finn
Date: 13 Mar 98 - 01:11 AM

Sorry John, Barry missed it due to the cutting of music thoughout the state's educational system. When we get it back I may listen to it. Barry


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Subject: RE: Oh, New Hampshire
From: Animaterra
Date: 13 Mar 98 - 06:37 AM

Oh, yes, the Shaw Bros. I date my NH existance from 1975 and have also avoided them. However, as a music teacher with 4th graders who are being forced to study NH in soc. studies, I need to find something other than the official state song, which is unsihgable and would alienate them further! A study of Amy Beach is the best I've come up with so far. Oh, well Thanks, all! Animaterra


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Subject: Lyr Add: OH NEW HAMPSHIRE
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 02:48 PM

refresh.
I found the words in an old file, but still no tune. It does look mildly appalling. But my principal is bugging me about it and I promised to search some more! Reward offered to anyone who can call me up and sing it to me!

OH NEW HAMPSHIRE

Oh, New Hampshire, you're my home
Where a lonely seagull flies
Like a love I've never known
Brings a teardrop to my eyes.

Walking barefoot in your sands
Or a clear blue mountain stream
Leaves my troubles far away
Or at least that's how it seems.

There's a place where I can be
Where there's no one else but me
Feel the salty ocean spray
Watch the small sandpiper play.

Oh, New Hampshire, you're my home
Where a lonely seagull flies
Like a love I've never known
Brings a teardrop to my eyes.

Wandering through this land of mine
Always know a friend is near
When a tall New Hampshire pine
Whispers a song I need to hear.

Make me know we'll always be
Side by side just you and me
Never ever more to roam
From my Old New Hampshire home.

Oh, New Hampshire, you're my home
Where a lonely seagull flies
Like a love I've never known
Brings a teardrop to my eyes.


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Subject: RE: Oh, New Hampshire
From: John Nolan
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 10:15 PM

Animaterra:If someone sings that song to you, I think you have a watertight defence for justified homicide.


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Subject: RE: Oh, New Hampshire
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 11:26 PM

Animaterra, it's the law - if you click here for New Hampshire Revised Statutes, you'll see that "Oh, New Hampshire (You're My Home)," by Brownie MacIntosh (written in 1977) is, by law, one of the Official State Songs of New Hampshire. Brownie's Website is supposed to be http://www.juliebrownie.com/, but that URL seems to be inoperative - but they have a cassette available here (click).

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Oh, New Hampshire
From: catspaw49
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 11:32 PM

Well, I've read worse. To be truthful, almost all of the state songs and even the one's with multiple state songs are all pretty hideous. It must be the desperation in trying to write something about how lovely the state is or something.......I dunno'............All these things seem so damn contrived.

Allison, if you can find the tune, I'd be curious as to your take on it as a comparison. The only stste songs that seem okay at times are the ones found elsewhere and adopted because they are popular songs. Then again, I think of "Rocky Top" and that theory goes out the window......................

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Oh, New Hampshire
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 11:33 PM

There's more - this is from The New Hampshire Almanac
New Hampshire's Official and Honorary State Songs

Official State Song
"Old New Hampshire" with words by Dr. John F. Holmes and music by Maurice Hoffmann.

Honorary State Songs
  • "New Hampshire, my New Hampshire" with words by Julius Richelson and music by Walter P. Smith.
  • "New Hampshire Hills" with words by Paul Scott Mowrer and music by Tom Powers.
  • "Autumn in New Hampshire" with words and music by Leo Austin.
  • "New Hampshire's Granite State" with words and music by Anne B. Currier.
  • "Oh, New Hampshire (you're my home)" with words and music by Brownie McIntosh.
  • "The Old Man of the Mountain" with words and music by Paul Belanger.
  • "The New Hampshire State March" with words and music by Rene Richards.
  • "New Hampshire Naturally" with words and music by Rick Shaw and Ron Shaw.

New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated (RSA) 3:7

HISTORY OF THE STATE SONG

New Hampshire has the unusual distinction of having nine state songs, with one of them being "official" and the others "honorary." This came about by legislative votes over a quarter of a century, and was finally agreed upon in the 1977 session.

Back in 1949, the Legislature adopted "Old New Hampshire" as the official state song. It was written in 1926, with the music by Maurice Hoffman, Jr., organist of the Franklin Street Congregational Church in Manchester, and the words by Dr. John F. Holmes of that city. The 1941 Legislature turned down this song, and the 1943 Legislature killed a bill proposed by Rep. Samuel P. Philbrook of Belmont, for a $1,500 public contest to pick a state song, with a $500 prize for the music and $300 for the words, along with $700 for a team of judges and related expenses.

The 1963 Legislature approved a "Second State Song." It was "New Hampshire, My New Hampshire," by Julius Richelson and Walter P. Smith of Plymouth. Then the 1973 Legislature added a "Third State Song." It was "New Hampshire Hills," with the music by Tom Powers of Detroit, Michigan, son of retired Director Edward Powers of the State Sweepstakes Commission, and the late Paul S. Maurer, state poet laureate.

The 1977 Legislature voted two unusual song laws. Early in March it adopted a "Fourth State Song." It was "Autumn in New Hampshire," by Leo Austin of Warner. At the same time the legislators created an interim board to recommend one official state song, with the label "honorary" for each of the others..

Rep. Richardson D. Benton of Chester, chairman of the House Committee on Public Protection and Veterans Affairs, became coordinator of a State Song Selection Board. Appointed by the Governor and Council were William E. Elwell of Portsmouth, who became chairman, and Ted Hebert and Robert F. Thibeault of Manchester, along with Senator Robert F. Bossie of Manchester, named by the Senate President, and Rep. Jane F. Sanders of Alton Bay, named by the House Speaker.

Three months after this Board was launched, the Legislature enacted another song law, effective June 15. This statute added four more songs to the listing of state songs, with a proviso that if the Board did not designate any of this quartet as the official state song, they would become "honorary." The Board heard and considereda total of 21 songs, all submitted by New Hampshire residents.

Announcement of the name of the official song was made in Representatives Hall on November 29, 1977, when Mrs. Gale Thomson, wife of Governor Meldrim Thomson, Jr., drew the choice from a sealed envelope in which the name had been placed by the Board.

The four additional state songs were "New Hampshire's Granite State" by Annie B. Currier of Londonderry; "Oh, New Hampshire (You're My Home)" by Brownie McIntosh of Hampton; "The Old Man Of The Mountain" by Paul Belanger of Berlin, and "The New Hampshire State March" by Rene Richards of Nashua.

Coordinator Benton officially reported that the Board had voted to give the exclusive title of the official state song to the original state song of "Old New Hampshire," and this action is officially recorded as a footnote to the law creating eight state songs, in New Hampshire's Revised Statutes Annotate.

In 1983 the Legislature amended RSA 3:7 and added an additional honorary state song "New Hampshire Naturally" with words and music by Rick and Ron Shaw.


Adapted from: Manual for the General Court 1981. History. Leon W. Anderson.



You and Barry should be very proud, to live in a state with nine state songs and eighteen miles of coastline....
[grin]
-Joe Offer, on the other coast-
Of course, the Ultimate State Song Of All Time is Your State's Name Here, by Peter and Lou Berryman:
Whisper it soft, it's a song to my ear,
YOUR STATE'S NAME HERE, YOUR STATE'S NAME HERE.
It's there I was born and there I'll grow old
The rivers of blue and the arches of gold.


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Subject: RE: Oh, New Hampshire
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 11 Sep 01 - 06:32 AM

Thanks, Joe! Yeah, I did a Google search after I got off the 'Cat yesterday; found the sundry websites you posted above, said "I'll get to them tomorrow" and left work. I agree that the Berryman song is the best of the bunch.
John, I agree about the words, I really do; I get chills at the thought of trying to teach to my school kids words like
Where a lonely seagull flies Like a love I've never known Brings a teardrop to my eyes. ....but when I said as much to my boss, he indicated it was the haunting, lovely melody more than the words. So I'll have to look into that cassette, I guess. Thanks for all!


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Subject: RE: Oh, New Hampshire
From: Jeri
Date: 11 Sep 01 - 07:45 AM

Animaterra, if you want a re-write...

Oh, New Hampshire, you're my home
Where a lonely seagull flies
And I look up where it has flown
And seagull poop falls in eyes.

Walking barefoot in your sands
Or a clear blue mountain stream
I step on rocks and shells of clams
Oh, hear my heartfelt scream.

There's a place where I can be
Where there's no one else but me
Be thankful for that one small thing
'Cause you won't hear this song I sing.


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Subject: RE: Oh, New Hampshire
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 11 Sep 01 - 08:37 AM

"Tonstant Weader Frowed Up." (No, Jeri, not YOUR words!!!)

Actually, Joe, I think New Hampster (home, dearie, home) only has 17 and a half miles of coastline. (smile)

I've been here now since December of 1980 (longer than I lived in either Massachusetts or Maine -- or Michigan where I was born or Wisconsin of my family roots) and met and married Curmudgeon, a true New Hampsha native -- but note also that I refused to become part of the NH community until Meldrim Thompson (who wanted nuclear weapons to declare war on Maine lobstermen) was no longer governor!!!

Bat Goddess


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