Happy 147th birthday, Silver State | NevadaAppeal.com

Happy 147th birthday, Silver State

In 1933, the Nevada Legislature adopted “Home Means Nevada” as the official state song. Bertha Raffetto of Reno wrote the song to honor the state.

As Nevada celebrates its 147th birthday on Monday, remember why Nevada is home to us.

“Home Means Nevada”

“Way out in the land of the setting sun,

Where the wind blows wild and free,

There’s a lovely spot, just the only one

That means home sweet home to me.

If you follow the old Kit Carson trail,

Until desert meets the hills,

Oh you certainly will agree with me,

It’s the place of a thousand thrills.

Home means Nevada

Home means the hills,

Home means the sage and the pine.

Out by the Truckee, silvery rills,

Out where the sun always shines,

Here is the land which I love the best,

Fairer than all I can see.

Deep in the heart of the golden west

Home means Nevada to me.

Whenever the sun at the close of day,

Colors all the western sky,

Oh my heart returns to the desert grey

And the mountains tow’ring high.

Where the moon beams play in shadowed glen,

With the spotted fawn and doe,

All the live long night until morning light,

Is the loveliest place I know.

Home means Nevada

Home means the hills,

Home means the sage and the pines.

Out by the Truckee’s silvery rills,

Out where the sun always shines,

There is the land that I love the best,

Fairer than all I can see.

Right in the heart of the golden west

Home means Nevada to me.”