Iowa Corn Song

Lyrics by Ray W. Lockard & George Hamilton

Original Music by Edward Riley
 

Iowa Corn Song MP3 Music By CDS
Original Copyright By Jerome H. Resnick & Co.
History Compiled From The State Of Iowa Archives


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IOWA CORN SONG
Let's sing of Grand old I-O-Way, Yo-Ho, yo-ho, yo-ho
Our love is strong-er ev-'ry day, Yo-Ho, yo-ho, yo-ho
So come a-long and join the throng, Sev-'ral hun-dred thou-sand strong
As you come just sing this song, Yo-Ho, yo-ho, yo-ho
 

We're from I-O-way, I-O-way. State of all the land                                   
Joy on ev-'ry hand. We're from I-O-way, I-O-way.
That's where the tall corn grows
 

Our land is full of ripe-ning corn, Yo-Ho, yo-ho, yo-ho
We've watched it grow both night and morn, Yo-Ho, yo-ho, yo-ho
But now we rest, we've stood the test. All that's good we have the best
I-O-way has reached the crest, Yo-Ho, yo-ho, yo-ho
 

We're from I-O-way, I-O-way. State of all the land                
Joy on ev-'ry hand. We're from I-O-way, I-O-way.
That's where the tall corn grows
 

We're from I-O-way, I-O-way. State of all the land                         
Joy on ev-'ry hand. We're from I-O-way, I-O-way.
That's where the tall corn grows
 

IOWA CORN SONG HISTORY 

This famous song was written by George Hamilton, secretary of the Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and a big man in the Masonic Lodge, particularly among Shriners, with later help from Prof. John T. Beeston, the well known band leader. Ray W. Lockard's name appears on the original musical score as a co-writer of the song. The actual "official" song for the state of Iowa is The Song Of Iowa, written by S.H.M. Byers in 1897. But, the best know and most popular song for the state of Iowa is the famous Iowa Corn Song.
 

George Hamilton started the song back in 1912 when a delegation of Za-Ga-Zig Shriners had gone to Los Angeles, California, to participate in a huge Shrine convention, and it was realized that what Iowa needed was a rousing marching song, which should advertise the chief product of the state: Corn. So Hamilton wrote the original stanza, dealing mainly with the glories of the Shrine, and tacked on the original and still intact chorus, which is by far the best known and most rousing part of the song. Hundreds of later verses have been added by Hamilton himself, Professor Beeston and others, but as it is published and usually sung, the above printed song is the most accurate and popular rendition of the "Iowa Corn Song". To view the  original sheet music for the Iowa Corn Song, please click on the sheet  music icon above. The Iowa Corn Song sheet music was obtained through  the Iowa State Archives.    The MP3 music version of the "Iowa Corn Song" as featured on this Iowa Reunion Club web site has been created, performed and produced by the music studios of CDS using Yamaha music instruments. You must contact the Iowa Reunion Club, acting on the behalf of CDS, by using the direct E-Mail link below for the specific permission to copy or download this MP3 version of the Iowa Corn Song as found on this website, as CDS maintains the rights to this MP3 download on the Iowa Reunion Club web site.


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