As we move down the eastern seaboard we arrive in Maryland to the strains of Oh Tannenbaum used for the state song Maryland, My Maryland.The lyrics come from a nine stanza poem written by James Ryder Randall in 1861. It was adopted as the state song on April 29, 1939.
The song's words refer to Maryland's history and geography and specifically mentions several historical figures of importance to the state. The song calls for Maryland to fight the Union and was used across the South during the Civil War as a battle hymn. It has been called America's "most martial poem". Due to its origin in support of the Confederacy, it includes lyrics that refer to President Abraham Lincoln as a "tyrant", "despot", and "Vandal", and to the Union as "Northern scum", as well as referring to the phrase "sic semper", which was the slogan later shouted by Marylander John Wilkes Booth while assassinating Lincoln. For these reasons occasional attempts have been made to replace it as Maryland's state song,but to date all such attempts have met with failure.
Next up is Southern Maryland Thang by Donovan Farrell.
Vonda Shepard is our next artist up with Maryland.
But Maryland has much more music and this video of the Maryland Music Awards from 2014 is long over and hour and a half but has some good music, and I think James Dray will enjoy the start of this video. We also have our bagpipes back.
Have a great day.