The New Virginia State Song: Sweet!

Virginia has been without an official state song since 1997. That’s the year “Carry Me Back To Ol’ Virginny” was retired after being the state song since 1940.

The “songless state of our state commonwealth” changed last Thursday when Governor Terry McAuliffe signed legislation naming “Sweet Virginia Breeze” as our new state song. It was written in 1978 by Steve Bassett and Robbin Thompson, two songwriters based in Richmond.

Click on the link below to hear our new official song. Here are the lyrics:

Sweet Virginia Breeze

Woke up this morning- the breeze blowin’ cross my face

And I just had to look up above and thank Somebody for this place
Because He must’ve been thinkin’ bout me
When He planted that very first dogwood tree
It’s where I want to be
Livin’ in the Sweet Virginia Breeze

Take me out to the country- it feels mighty good out there
When I get back to the city of the monuments
It doesn’t matter where I hang my hat it’s home to me
The Blue Ridge Mountains tend to set me free
It’s where I want to be
Livin’ in the Sweet Virginia Breeze

Wakes me up in the mornin’
Rocks me to sleep at night
I’ve got a red bird singin’ on my window sill
I know everything will be all right
Livin’ in the Sweet Virginia Breeze

Just sittin on my back porch
I’m just watchin’ the sun come up
Sweet sweet Virginia Breeze blowin’ ripples ‘cross my coffee cup
Because He must’ve been thinkin’ bout me when He planted that very first dogwood tree
cause when that breeze comes blowin’ through the trees
you know everything will be alright
Livin’ in a Sweet Virginia Breeze
Sweet Virginia Breeze

Congrats, guys. In my opinion, this was an excellent choice, and I think your song will do our Commonwealth proud.

~These Days Of Mine~

19 responses to “The New Virginia State Song: Sweet!

  1. Oh I love it…..has the true “flavor” of beautiful Virginia…..that’s what a representational song SHOULD have!!


  2. I was lying in bed last night, flipping through the TV channels, when something caught my attention: C-Span had a special on Bacon’s Castle! I would have never known about it had it not been for you sweet Dianna 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your State’s new song with us – and other treasures, too 🙂


  3. This is a great choice! Thanks for sharing, Dianna. I grew up in Virginia and I somehow missed this breaking news. 🙂

  4. I was fortunate to know Steve and Robbin and heard this years ago. A dream has become a reality.

  5. I had no idea we were without a state song. I plan to listen to it later. If the music is as lovely as the lyrics, I know it will do us proud!

  6. LOVE the lyrics – can’t wait to listen to it when I get home. Now I need to find the Bacon’s Castle video online. I missed it last night. The GRAND ‘ole girl has been getting great publicity lately. So glad – it’s long overdue.

  7. I think I like the country version better.

  8. That is one cool song Dianna! I would move to Virginia just for that toe tappin’ state song! Missouri… The Missouri Waltz. I had to google, shame on me. I didn’t even think about a state song! Fun this morning.. I am glad you have a state song again and I am glad I now know what our song is.

  9. Thanks so much for sharing this Dianna! I love Sweet Virginia and the song says it all.

  10. This has a great ‘shagging’ beat, reminding of Carolina’s coastal dancing hit. What a treat, especially since we have VA ties too. Yay!

  11. A great choice! … it fits Virginia well !

  12. I had not heard that we had a new state song. I like it. Think it’s gonna do us proud.

  13. Beautiful but I liked the song “Our Great Virginia” best, I think. Just my taste of music, a sign of my age I suppose.

  14. Wow! Great song!
    BC does not has one but “Alberta” is the official provincial song of Alberta, adopted in preparation for the province’s centennial celebrations in 2005.

    Don’t forget to enter the finish the sentence game tomorrow

  15. Cool news. My sister is coming in for Easter and can’t wait to share it with her. Just texted her and my brother’s family. 🙂

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