Deep in the Heart of Texas

July 28, 2006 at 5:50 pm Leave a comment

While it’s not the official state song of Texas, Deep in the Heart of Texas is probably as representative as and much more widely known than that grand anthem.  And it is filled with the fun and joyful spirit that is such an integral part of the great lone star state.

The song is traditionally emphasized with four quick, loud hand-claps following the first and third lines of each verse (immediately before singing “Deep in the heart of Texas”).

The stars at night are big and bright  (clap, clap, clap, clap)
Deep in the heart of Texas
The prairie sky is wide and high  (clap, clap, clap, clap)
Deep in the heart of Texas

The sage in bloom is like perfume
Deep in the heart of Texas
Reminds me of the one I love
Deep in the heart of Texas

The coyotes wail along the trail
Deep in the heart of Texas
The rabbits rush around the brush
Deep in the heart of Texas

The cowboys cry, “Ki-yippee-yi!”
Deep in the heart of Texas
The dogies bawl, and bawl ad bawl
Deep in the heart of Texas

Per the Texas State Library, the music was written by Don Swander, the words by June Hershey, somewhere around 1941 or so.

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