"The Old North State" has been the state song of North Carolina since 1927. The chorus goes: "Carolina! Carolina! Heaven's blessings attend her! // While we live we will cherish, protect and defend her // Though the scorner may sneer at and witlings defame her // Our hearts swell with gladness whenever we name her. // Hurrah! Hurrah! The Old North State forever! // Hurrah! Hurrah! The good Old North State!