The Official State Song of Connecticut – Yankee Doodle

In this quick post, we’ll share with you some information about the official state song of Connecticut and its lyrics.

Connecticut is the southernmost state in the northeastern United States New England region.

It has the highest per-capita income, Human Development Index (0.962), and median household income in the United States, according to the 2010 Census.

It is bordered on the east by Rhode Island, on the north by Massachusetts, on the west by New York, and on the south by Long Island Sound. Hartford is the state capital, and Bridgeport is the most populated city.

Most sources classify it as part of New England, while huge swaths of it are frequently lumped together with New York and New Jersey as the tri-state area.

The Connecticut River, which runs through the state, is named for it. The word “Connecticut” is derived from a Mohegan-Pequot word meaning “long tidal river” in various anglicized spellings.

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Did you know that there are two official state songs of Connecticut? They are; “Yankee Doodle” and “Beautiful Connecticut Waltz”.

official state song of Connecticut
ConnecticutState SongComposers
First State Song“Yankee Doodle”Unknown
Second State Song“Beautiful Connecticut WaltzJoseph Leggo
State Polka“Ballroom Polka”Ray Henry Mocarski

We’ll give you quick information about the two state songs in this post.

Yankee Doodle – First Official State Song of Connecticut

Yankee Doodle went to town, 
Riding on a pony, 
Stuck a feather in his hat, 
And called it macaroni.  

Chorus – 
Yankee Doodle keep it up, 
Yankee Doodle dandy, 
Mind the music and the step, 
And with the folks be handy.

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2nd Connecticut State Song – Beautiful Connecticut Waltz by Joseph Leggo

Connecticut adopted “Beautiful Connecticut Waltz” by Joseph Leggo of Newington as an official state song in 2013.

Lyrics

Beautiful Connecticut Waltz.
Play it over again.
Your rivers and streams
Flow-through my dreams.
I’m hoping it never would end.

From Hartford to New Haven,
I’ve kept on savin’
All of my dances for you.

Beautiful Connecticut Waltz,
As cool as a mid-summer breeze.
The birds sing their song
As we dance along.
Together forever we’ll be.

From Hartford to New Haven,
I’ve kept on savin’
All my dances for you.

Beautiful Connecticut Waltz.
The birds sing their song
As we dance along.
Together forever we’ll be.

From Hartford to New Haven,
I’ll keep on savin’
All of my dances for you.

Beautiful Connecticut Waltz
All of my dancing forever and ever with you
Forever and ever,
Forever with you.

Listen to the song and lyrics

History of Beautiful Connecticut Waltz as the Second State Song

The “Beautiful Connecticut Waltz,” first proposed as the official state waltz in 2011, under House Bill No. 5880, failed to gain traction in the Connecticut General Assembly.

On January 24, 2011, the measure was introduced by State Representative Sandy H. Nafis of the 27th District and forwarded to the Joint Committee on Government Administration and Elections, where it was never seen again.

Representative Nafis returned in 2013 with the song “Beautiful Connecticut Waltz.” Instead of the official state waltz, her House Bill No. 5290 requested that “Beautiful Connecticut Waltz” be declared the state’s second official state song of Connecticut.

Despite the fact that House Bill No. 5290 looked to move nowhere in the Joint Committee on Government Administration and Elections, it did have a public hearing on February 22, 2013. We assumed the proposition would not be made again.

However, on April 4, 2013, the Joint Committee on Government Administration and Elections adopted Substitute House Bill No. 6671, which included a provision designating “Beautiful Connecticut Waltz” as Connecticut’s second official state song.

Substitute House Bill No. 6671 suggested, among other things, that the polka be designated as the official state dance and “The Ballroom Polka” as the official state polka.

The section naming the polka as the official state dance was removed by a House amendment on April 24.

On May 30, 2013, the House passed an altered version of Substitute House Bill No. 6671, which included the naming of a second state song and a state polka.

On June 4, 2013, the Connecticut Senate passed House modified Substitute House Bill No. 6671.

When Governor Dannel Patrick “Dan” Malloy signed Substitute House Bill No. 6671, a catch-all government administration bill, on June 25, 2013, “Beautiful Connecticut Waltz” became the second official state song of Connecticut, and “The Ballroom Polka” became Connecticut’s official state polka.

Summary of Official State Song of Connecticut

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