What Should Be The New State Song of Texas?

The state song, and some of the Lone Star State’s other symbols, may need some updating.  

By Becky Fogel & Hady MawajdehMay 2, 2016 2:39 pm

In a state known for its songwriters and its unique musical sensibility – a state which is the subject of more than a few classic songs – this is what passes for our official anthem:

Texas, our Texas
All hail the mighty state

While we’re at it, the state has official squash too: the pumpkin. The state stone: petrified palmwood.

Nothing against the pumpkin or the palmwood, but it may leave you wondering – is this the best we can do?

John Nova Lomax, a writer with Texas Monthly, wants to update some of the Lone Star State’s out-of-style symbols.

Lomax says we don’t need to throw out the baby with the bathwater – just do some draining.

“There’s overkill in some places and under-appreciation elsewhere,” he says.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– What Lomax thinks should stay, including the state hat (cowboy, of course) and state shoe (cowboy boots, naturally)

– What he thinks we should change, like the state vehicle and state bird – maybe, perhaps, a grackle?

– Which state symbol does triple-duty, as the state nut, tree and pie

– Possible options for the state song, including one by an Oklahoman

Web post prepared by Hannah McBride.