TEXAS, OUR TEXAS
"TEXAS, OUR TEXAS." The state song of Texas was adopted by the Forty-first Legislature after a statewide contest in 1929. The music was originally written in 1924 the music was composed by William J. Marsh of Fort Worth, and the lyrics were written by Marsh and Gladys Yoakum Wright. Alaska's statehood in 1959 necessitated the only change that has been made in the lyrics—modifying the line "largest and grandest" to "boldest and grandest." The Seventy-third Legislature adopted "Texas, Our Texas" as the state song in a 1993 law.
Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin (Songs, William J. Marsh).