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(By Senators Miller, Laird, Wells and Beach)




Designating “My Home Among the Hills” by E. W. James an official State Song of West Virginia.

    Whereas, “This is My West Virginia”, “The West Virginia Hills” and “West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home” are the current official state songs; and

    Whereas, The current three official West Virginia state songs were designated by House Concurrent Resolution No. 19, adopted February 28, 1963; and

    Whereas, “My Home Among the Hills” is well known to many West Virginians and is sung at many school ceremonies and functions; and

    Whereas, “My Home Among the Hills” was composed by West Virginia Wesleyan College trustee E.W. “Bill” James, who was also the mayor of Clarksburg, West Virginia, from 1957 to 1961; and

    Whereas, The lyrics of “My Home Among the Hills” honor West Virginia in a magnificent manner:

There's a land of rolling mountains

Where the sky is blue above.

And though I may roam, I hurry home,

To those friendly hills I love.

Where moonlit meadows ring

with the call of whippoorwills

Always you will find me in my home among the hills

And where the sun draws rainbows in the mist

of waterfalls and mountain rills

My heart will be always in the West Virginia Hills

There, autumn hillsides are bright with scarlet trees

and in the spring, the robins sing

While apple blossoms whisper in the breeze

And there is music in the flashing streams

and joy in the fields of daffodils

Laughter through the happy valleys of my home among the hills;


    Whereas, “My Home Among the Hills” appears in music method books written for children; and

    Whereas, The Chanticleer Children’s Chorus of West Virginia and many state high school choirs include “My Home Among the Hills” in their performances; and

    Whereas, “My Home Among the Hills” is considered an unofficial state song; and

    Whereas, It is deemed desirable to add “My Home Among the Hills” as an official State Song; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That “My Home Among the Hills” by E. W. James be designated an official State Song of West Virginia; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Governor of the State of West Virginia.

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