Illinois' uplifting state song

Considering what a raunchy state that we have become, we should take a moment and listen to this song.
I couldn't recite the lyrics or hum the melody because I didn't know that Illinois had a state song. I discovered this on the way to looking up something else.  Here are several versions: 

"Illinois" was written by Charles H. Chamberlain and composed by Archibald Johnston It became the state song by an act of the General Assembly in 1925. 

Here are the lyrics:

By thy rivers gently flowing, Illinois, Illinois, 
O'er thy prairies verdant growing, Illinois, Illinois,
Comes an echo on the breeze. 
Rustling through the leafy trees, and its mellow tones are these, Illinois, Illinois,
And its mellow tones are these, Illinois.

From a wilderness of prairies, Illinois, Illinois, 
Straight thy way and never varies, Illinois, Illinois, 
Till upon the inland sea,
Stands thy great commercial tree, turning all the world to thee, Illinois, Illinois,
Turning all the world to thee, Illinois.

When you heard your country calling, Illinois, Illinois,
Where the shot and shell were falling, Illinois, Illinois,
When the Southern host withdrew, 
Pitting Gray against the Blue, There were none more brave than you, Illinois, Illinois, 
There were none more brave than you, Illinois.

Not without thy wondrous story, Illinois, Illinois, 
Can be writ the nation's glory, Illinois, Illinois,
On the record of thy years,
Abraham Lincoln's name appears, Grant and Logan, and our tears, Illinois, Illinois,
Grant and Logan, and our tears, Illinois. 


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