Thursday, August 25, 2011
‘I Miss Mississippi’
Most calls from Nashville, Tenn., unless they’re from kinfolk, typically get ignored.
That’s because they’re usually from somebody trying to sell me something that I don’t need.
But a couple of months ago, John Riggs called.
I will admit; I started to push his phone call aside, too.
Then I was a bit intrigued, because he said he and a lady from Amory were promoting a song they had written together.
It initially caught my attention because of my Amory connection. I was publisher of the newspaper for several years back in the 1990s.
And then he said it mentions Holly Springs, my home for 10 years.
Riggs and Carolyn Sue Woods are hoping the Legislature will adopt it as Mississippi’s new state song.
Riggs says the current state song, “Go Mississippi,” doesn’t do justice to the state because it fails to identify anything in or about the state.
“It was adopted 50 years ago,” he said. “It doesn’t describe Mississippi any more than it does Montana or Arizona. It’s just non-descriptive.”
He says the song he and Woods wrote – “I Miss Mississippi” – captures the state in song as well as any could.
“A state song should point out the beauty, the history and the charm of the state, as well as its contributions to the country.
“This is what the song ‘I Miss Mississippi’ accomplishes, along with the underlying message that the most important thing of all is the people who live there.
“This is why we feel ‘I Miss Mississippi’ should be adopted as the state song.”
The lyrics follow.
“From her fertile Delta bottom land
Riggs is sending copies of “I Miss Mississippi” to the members of the Mississippi House of Representatives and Senate.
I have a copy, and I like it – especially the mention of Holly Springs.
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