Learning Texas History Through Song


Song played by the Davis Boys at the Battle of San Jacinto

“Old Chisholm Trail”
Notes-  Venue: Galeanaz Tourist Camp-  Performance Note: “Old Chisholm Trail” performed by Frank Goodwyn (vocals) at Galeanaz Tourist Camp, Falfurrias, Texas, on April 30, 1939.


Teaching History with Music!  🙂

“Every fall our 7th grade students in Texas study about the Anglo-colonization of Texas, featuring Stephen F. Austin. This is a video I created that sums it up.”

Marty Robbins – Ballad of The Alamo

Davy Crockett died fighting for Texas independence so he’s a Texan through and through.

Jim Bowie · Fess Parker

“Texas, Our Texas” is the official state song of Texas. It was written in 1924 by William J. Marsh, who was born in Liverpool, England, and emigrated to Texas as a young man, and Gladys Yoakum Wright, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, and selected as the state song by a concurrent resolution of the Texas Legislature in 1929 following a statewide competition. Older songs, such as “The Yellow Rose of Texas” and “Dixie”, were also considered but ultimately it was decided a new song should be composed. At times, there have been movements to replace “Texas, Our Texas” with the better known “The Eyes of Texas.”

The first word of the third line was originally largest, but when Alaska became the largest state when it was admitted to the United States in 1959, the word was replaced with boldest.

This song was sung in group by elementary students in Texas at the beginning of their school classes during the 50s. At that time “largest” started the third line of the first verse. As of the 1980s, this song was still sung before classes in some schools, along with the pledge to the American and Texas flags, but with “boldest” instead of “largest.”


I’ve been Everywhere – Texas Version

Adding b/c of Houston’s connection to F.S. Key

I’ve been everywhere in Texas ~
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kECdK97dn1I (with lyrics)

music video

If It Wasn’t for Texas ~ George Strait
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wgvma8qkj0&feature=related (includes random people, but some great images)

Abilene ~ George Hamilton IV

Remember the Alamo ~ Tex Ritter

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Songs about Texas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z242kzdYs3A (nice images)

“Amarillo Sky” ~ Jason Aldean

Is This the Way to Amarillo? (lego video)

Amarillo By Morning ~ George Straight

Ballad of the Alamo ~ Marty Robbins

El Paso ~ Marty Robbins

Galveston ~ Glen Campbell

Bard of Armagh/ Streets of Laredo, Irish or Cowboy song? 1 tune- 2 lyrics origins

Luckenbach Texas ~ Waylon & Willie

ALSO – always think of Pee Wee when I hear “Deep in the Heart of Texas”

Not really Texas but can’t help but enjoy this sad song – Listen to the Mockingbird

Songs About the State of Texas

This video contains a list of songs about the state of Texas or that reference Texas in the song title or lyrics. Also listed are songs named for or that mention the cities and towns of Texas. Albums and musicians named for Texas are also included.

• A Cowboy Lovin’ Night by Tanya Tucker
• Abilene by George Hamilton
• All My Ex’s Live In Texas by George Strait
• Amarillo By Morning by George Strait
• Amy’s Back In Austin by Little Texas
• Austin Prison by Johnny Cash
• Beaumont Rag by Bob Wills
• Beautiful Texas by Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies
• Battle of Jed Clampett By Flatt & Scruggs
• Blame It On Texas by Mark Chesnutt
• Blue Yodel #1 (T for Texas) by Jimmie Rodgers
• Bob Wills Is Still the King By Waylon Jennings
• Boogie Back to Texas by Asleep At The Wheel
• Cross the Brazos at Waco by Billy Walker
• Deep In The Heart Of Texas by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
• Does Fort Worth Every Cross Your Mind by George Strait
• Down in Texas by Jerry Jeff Walker
• Dream On, Texas Ladies by John Michael Montgomery
• East Bound and Down by Jerry Reed
• El Paso by Marty Robbins
• El Paso City by Marty Robbins
• Fort Worth, Dallas Or Houston by George Hamilton IV
• From Tennessee to Texas by Johnny Bush’
• Galveston by Glen Campbell
• Girls From Texas by Ry Cooder
• God Blessed Texas by Little Texas
• God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood
• Goin’ Back to Texas by Bobby Bare
• He Rode All The Way to Texas by Little Texas
• Heartache as Big as Texas by Ricky van Shelton
• Here I Am In Dallas by Faron Young
• Highway 17 by Rodney Crowell
• Hill Country Rain by Jerry Jeff Walker
• Home In San Antoine by Bob Wills
• Houston by The Gatlin Brothers
• Houston Solution by Ronnie Milsap
• Houston, We Have a Problem by Hank Williams Jr.
• Huntsville by Merle Haggard
• I Can’t See Texas From Here by George Strait
• If You’re Gonna’ Play In Texas by Alabama
• Is Anybody Going to San Antoine by Charlie Pride
• I’ll Be Your San Antone Rose by Dottsy
• I’ll Take Texas by Vince Gill
• Jimmy’s Texas Blues by Doc Watson
• Keep Texas Beautiful by Jerry Jeff Walker
• Leavin’ Texas by Jerry Jeff Walker
• Lone Star Beer and Bob Wills Music by Red Steagall
• Luckenbach, Texas by Waylon Jennings
• Miles and Miles of Texas by Asleep at the Wheel
• My Elusive Dream by David Houston
• Northeast Texas Women by Jerry Jeff Walker
• People In Dallas Got Hair by Waylon Jennings
• Planet Texas by Kenny Rogers
• Ragged Old Flag by Johnny Cash
• Remember The Alamo by George Strait
• San Angelo by Marty Robbins, Ernest Tubb
• San Antonio Rose by Bob Wills
• San Antonio Stroll by Tanya Tucker
• Saturday Night In Abilene by The Charlie Daniels Band
• Somewhere Down In Texas by George Strait
• Somewhere In Texas by Ray Price
• South Coast Of Texas by Guy Clark
• Stars Over Texas by Tracy Lawrence
• Streets Of Laredo by Marty Robbins
• Sweetwater, Texas by Charlie Daniels
• Talk To Me Texas by Keith Whitley
• Tar Top by Alabama
• Texas 71 by Ramblin’ Jack Elliot
• Texas 1947 by Guy Clark
• Texas and Norma Jean by Brooks and Dunn
• Texas Cookin’ by Guy Clark
• Texas Gales by Doc Watson
• Texas in My Rear View Mirror by Mac Davis
• Texas Is Bigger Than It Used To Be by Mark Chesnutt
• Texas Is Calling Me Home By Ray Price
• Texas Me and You by Asleep At The Wheel
• Texas On My Mind by Tanya Tucker
• Texas Plains by Rex Allen and Rex Allen, Jr.
• Texas Playboy Rag by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
• The Bluest Eyes In Texas by Restless Heart
• The Last Cowboy Song by The Highwaymen
• The Texas Polka by Riders In The Sky
• Texas State Of Mind by David Frizzell and Shelly West
• Texas Saturday Night by Gene Watson
• Texas Size Heartache by Joe Diffie
• Texas Tornado by Tracy Lawrence
• Texas (When I Die) by Tanya Tucker
• Texas Women by Hank Williams, Jr.
• The Texas Crapshooter by The Sons Of The Pioneers
• The Winner by Bobby Bare
• The Yellow Rose of Texas by Lane Brody and Johnny Lee
• There’s A Girl In Texas by Trace Adkins
• This Ain’t Dallas by Hank Williams
• Uncertain Texas by Rodney Crowell
• Under the X in Texas by Johnny Gimble
• Waltz Across Texas by Ernest Tubb
• Way Down Texas Way by Asleep At the Wheel
• What I Like About Texas by Jerry Jeff Walker
• What The Cowboys Do by Vince Gill
• West Texas Waltz by Billy Joe Shaver
• When It’s Christmas Time In Texas by George Strait
• Who Do I Know In Dallas by Merle Haggard
• Wingin’ it Home to Texas by Jerry Jeff Walker
• Women in Texas by Jerry Jeff Walker
• You Can’t Get the Hell Out of Texas by Gary P. Nunn
• You’re From Texas by Bob Wills

Fire Ants ~ Brian Burns

Movie Clip Apollo 13 – Houston we have a problem!

Lunar Taste Sensation Phineas and Ferb (Houston, we’ve got a situation . . .)

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