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Vocal Sheet Music—“Texas Our Texas”
Vocal Sheet Music—“Texas Our Texas” (Southern Music Company, San Antonio). Reportedly, John Philip Sousa once praised the “Official State Song of Texas” as the finest state song he had ever heard. Courtesy of Southern Music Company.

"TEXAS, OUR TEXAS." The state song of Texas was adopted by the Forty-first Legislature after a statewide contest in 1929. The music was originally written in 1924 the music was composed by William J. Marsh of Fort Worth, and the lyrics were written by Marsh and Gladys Yoakum Wright. Alaska's statehood in 1959 necessitated the only change that has been made in the lyrics—modifying the line "largest and grandest" to "boldest and grandest." The Seventy-third Legislature adopted "Texas, Our Texas" as the state song in a 1993 law.

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Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin (Songs, William J. Marsh).

Charles A. Spain, Jr.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Charles A. Spain, Jr., "TEXAS, OUR TEXAS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 07, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on October 4, 2015. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.