CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Oh, the West Virginia hills! How majestic and how grand, With their summits bathed in glory, Like our Prince Immanuel's Land!"
Those are the first lines to the state song "West Virginia Hills" that all schoolchildren learn to sing in grade school.
But it's not the only state song; there are two others. Can you hum the tune to "West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home" or "This Is My West Virginia"?
Didn't think so.
All three songs were declared equally official in 1963. You would think legislators could take a stand on something.
Ellen King's four-stanza poem was published in 1885 in the Glenville Crescent. Some believe it actually was written by her minister husband, and other sources say he just polished it. Another Gilmer County resident, H.E. Engle, composed the music and added the chorus ("Oh, the hills, beautiful hills"). He copyrighted the music.
The late jazz singer Iris Bell wrote "This Is My West Virginia," and submitted it to the Centennial Commission 50 years ago on her grandfather's 90th birthday.