I propose that the old tune, “O Tannenbaum,” be kept. Why? It’s already recognizable by most of us as the state song of Maryland. Marching bands, choirs and others will not have to learn a new piece of music. And the tune does have a certain majesty to it. Plus, since the music and the title “Maryland My Maryland” already constitute our state song, a transition may be easier.
The lyrics should be easy to learn and understandable to all, no matter their education level. It should glorify all we love about our state, while also including important facts such as our state motto, our grand nickname, our founding based on tolerance and historic information on our statehood. And it should be easy and fun to sing. With all of that in mind, here are my new lyrics: