My Homeland Tennessee: A Research Guide to Songs about Tennessee

Sentimental Tennessee

Somewhere Down in Tennessee (000317-TENN)Tennessee, I Hear You Calling Me (000377-TENN)

Many songs express sentimental attachment to Tennessee as a place of blissful haven. Tennessee is often represented as the magical, romantic place that one wants to return toa Shangri-La where the sweetheart waits forever, or a little country cabin where Mother anticipates a sweet homecoming. Dear, sweet, sunny Tennessee served as an archetype for an idyllic home that few of the writers of these songs experienced in person, as they wrote their songs in small, stuffy rooms on New York's Tin Pan Alley. The sheet music here offers examples of how songwriters have dreamed about the enchanting state of Tennessee.



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