Maryland! My Maryland!
Today, we presented in verse the story of an on-going controversy about the state song of Maryland.
"Maryland, My Maryland," sung to the tune of "Oh Christmas Tree," has been the state's official ditty since 1939. Legislators periodically propose changing the lyrics, which were written in 1861 as a call for Maryland to join the Confederacy. Later this week, the House and Senate will hear bills that propose changing the lyrics of the song to a poem written in 1894.
All this song talk got us wondering how well legislators know their official state song. First, we asked Sen. Jennie Forehand, the sponsor of a bill proposing changing the lyrics, to sing a verse of the new lyrics she'd like the General Assembly to adopt. Then we asked a few of her colleagues -- along with Gov. Martin O'Malley -- to sing as much of the current song as they could remember. A surprising number agreed to play along. Click here to hear their renditions.
It should be noted: Musical participation does not necessarily imply support or opposition for Forehand's proposal.
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