A state song should represent the love citizens have for a state and highlight her assets. Our song does neither. But it doesn't have to be that way. There are several other versions of "Maryland, My Maryland" available for us to use. I too have written new lyrics that represent all that is good about Maryland. It can be proudly sung by children and used in lesson plans to teach our kids about our state symbols, mottoes and geography. Many other state songs, including other proposed versions of "Maryland, My Maryland," contain generalities that could apply to any state. There is no mistaking what state my song is about. And while it may need some tweaking after a thorough review, it's a strong improvement over the song we have today.