It seems that my delegate David Marsden has decided to begin the session by breaking into song…on behalf of a song.
Brother Marsden has introduced HB 2662 State Song that will designate “Virginia, Ever Enshrined” as the state song of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
I have listened to it. It won’t wash. It is neither catchy, nor martial, nor grand. It is a non-starter. Sorry about bruised feelings…but better to deal with the pain than wallow in impossible hope.
Having said that, what song should be selected?
The Shad Plank suggested “Highway to Hell” would be a good alternative, but since they have widened significant portions of Va. 58 I don’t know we can pull that off.
So, since “Shenandoah” has been disallowed for the fact that it doesn’t refer to Virginia, I renew my suggestion that after all the pretenders are wiped away that we put into place the rightful state song…the song that has kept drunk frat boys shagging for thirty years…you know it, you love it, say it with me…
!!!!!!!!!!! Sweet Virginia Breeze !!!!!!!!!!c
It’s already the unofficial state song, let’s make it official!
For those not familiar with this party classic, you can find music and lyrics here. If you think you have heard a different version, you may have. Robbin Thompson and Steve Bassett recorded this together in 1975 on the album “Together”.
Then when the two sent their separate ways each recorded it individually, Robbin Thompson on the disc “ITwo B’s Please” and Bassett on “Steve Bassett’s Virginia Breeze”, so there are as many as three versions out there by the guys who wrote this song.
I admit a sentimental attachment to the song…but I know whether played at the normal pace or at a more stately rate it captures the spirit of those of live in and love Virginia. Besides, if not the state song, then why not the official state rock and roll song? If Washington can claim “Louie, Louie” for that purpose, why doesn’t Virginia grab this one?
To me, this song is not just entertaining, easy to sing, and fun, it is a real song. It was written to be sung and performed just for the sake of doing it, and not created out of whole cloth for the sole purpose of being submitted as the state song. I like the idea of a song that has had people on their feet dancing and singing and not a prim recital piece that would not exist but for someone wanting their little piece of immortality.
So, Delegate Marsden, after the pretenders flame out, put up the real thing. Made in Virginia, vibrant for years, guaranteed to please-“Sweet Virginia Breeze”.