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Monday, March 17, 2008 7:52 am

Carolina girls: hot to trot, or, Why we need a new state song

Filed under: Fun,Victoria — Lex @ 7:52 am
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Victoria has been wrestling with an assignment to memorize the lyrics to North Carolina’s state song, “The Old North State.” For the record, I can hardly think of a bigger waste of a fourth-grader’s time. I vaguely recall being briefly exposed to this song in junior high, and it sucked. The language was archaic (“witlings”??), the syntax was tortured, it barely scanned in some places and the melody sounded like a drinking song (similar to our national anthem, whose melody really was taken from an old drinking song).

But in going over the lyrics repeatedly with Victoria, I had the chance to delve a bit into the subtext. And, y’all? It’s kind of disturbing.

“Who can yield to just rule a more loyal submission?” suggests blind loyalty. I don’t care how just a rule might be, you never, ever offer that. Sometimes the greatest loyalty lies in vigorous dissent.

The verse about the state’s sons says, in effect, yeah, they’re not real bright, but they’re good people — hardly a ringing endorsement.

And the verse about the state’s daughters, while granting their comely appearance, also says, well, they might not look all that promiscuous, but just get ’em started — ask anyone who ever has. As the father of a girl, I think this is the state-song equivalent of writing a girl’s name and number on the bathroom wall.

So I’m thinking it’s time we got us a new state song. I’m not wild about James Taylor’s, so I’m opening up the floor to nominations.



  1. Maybe we should have a state rap?

    Comment by herb — Monday, March 17, 2008 10:35 pm @ 10:35 pm

  2. Maybe we should write one ….

    Comment by Lex — Tuesday, March 18, 2008 8:50 am @ 8:50 am

  3. Comment by drfranklives — Tuesday, March 18, 2008 4:52 pm @ 4:52 pm

  4. How about this one?

    Comment by drfranklives — Tuesday, March 18, 2008 5:01 pm @ 5:01 pm

  5. I can only say that, from personal experience those years ago, the flower of North Carolina’s young womanhood certainly lived up to the ideal . . .

    Comment by Nick — Sunday, March 23, 2008 6:27 am @ 6:27 am

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