grand old state our Georgia / Where the Swanee River flows / A bit of Gods own
heaven / As everybody knows / And when I go roaming / A longing fills my breast / A song
there comes from out my heart / For the state I love the best."
So wrote James Burch
of Thomasville in 1950 for lyrics to his waltz "Our Georgia."
After he performed
the song at the State Democratic Convention,
the legislature designated it the State Waltz