Oregon state song will now have new lyrics. This Oregon Legislature approved this new development on Monday. The lyrics will not include any racist language. The lyrics were modified to show the cultural, economic, societal, and cultural evolution in Oregon.
The state song was composed over 100 years ago. The Society of Oregon Composers had a contest for poets in 1919. Poets were asked to submit their composed songs. The best song will be sung in patriotic, social, and public gatherings.
The winning song was composed by Henry Bernard Murtagh, and the song “Oregon, My Oregeon” was chosen as the official song for Oregon State according to a legislative vote in 1927.
The majority of Oregonians are unaware that the state has a song. This song is often sung during legislative sessions. Amy Shapiro proposed the new lyrics. The Beaverton resident has been trying to look for ways to change the song as it included racist language. Shapiro then submitted testimony for this change.
The changes we have proposed are small but they are profound. Outdated, misleading, and offensive words glorifying oppression and murder are replaced with inspiring words glorifying Oregon’s natural beauty – majestic mountains, forests, and rivers – as well as our love of freedom.Shapiro
Kim Stafford, a Poet Laureate in Oregon submitted a testimony supporting the change in the lyric. The existing lyrics have been replaced with words that glorify the beauty of Oregon.
According to Shapiro, making some changes to the lyrics is a good idea. Shapiro said she was happy that the state changed the lyrics and seeing school children sing the new Oregon state song gave her more joy.