Welcome to

Capitol News Service

Florida's Best Political Television Coverage


Visit the Lobby Tools Website


Visit Legislative IQ Website


Recent Posts



RSS Capitol News LIVE

RSS Quote of the Day

New State Anthem?

January 10th, 2008 by flanews

Oh Florida, My Sweet Home could be the new state anthem. The song was selected from a number of entries. the original intention was for the winning entry to replace Stephen Foster’s Old Folks At Home as the official state song, but legislation introduced today would keep both as the official state songs. Old Folks At Home drew criticism for its outdated lyrics that mention “Old Darkies.” State Representative Dave Murzin of Pensacola says the goal is to have the State Anthem and the State Song co-exist, much like The Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America co-exist.

It kind of brings us all together and gives us a common bond,” Rep. Murzin said. “It gives us something to shoot for. So I was looking just a little bit higher than the current controversy that surrounds the state song.

The new anthem is co-authored by Graham Fountain and Warren Halstrom. Halstrom is the worship leader at Celebration Baptist Church in Tallahassee. He says the best songs are songs that come from the heart. “Oh Florida, My Sweet Home” is dedicated to the pioneers, military and law enforcement officers who have died protecting our country.

Posted in Legislature, State News | No Comments »

Leave a Comment

Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.

copyright © 2016 by Capitol News Service | Powered by Wordpress | Hosted by LyonsHost.com