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Utah
"This is the Place"
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Wagon_C.jpgUTAH . . .THIS IS THE PLACE (1) Words by Sam & Gary Francis Music by Gary Francis


Utah! People working together.
Utah! What a great place to be.

Blessed from Heaven above . . . it’s the land that we love.
This is the place!


Utah! With its mountains and valleys.
Utah! With its canyons and streams.

You can go anywhere . . . but there’s none that compare.
This is the place!

CHORUS
It was Brigham Young who led the pioneers across the plains.

They suffered with trials they had to face.
With faith they kept on going till they reached the Great Salt Lake.
Here they heard the words. . . “THIS IS THE PLACE!”


Utah! Getting bigger and better.
Utah! Always leading the way.

New technology’s here . . . growing faster each year.
This is the place!

Utah! With it's focus on family.
Utah! Helps each child to succeed.
People care how they live.
Each have so much to give..."THIS IS THE PLACE!"

CHORUS
There’s beauty in the snow-capped mountains, in the lakes and streams.
There are valleys filled with farms and orchards too.
The spirit of its people shows in everything they do.

Utah is the place where dreams come true.

Utah! With its pioneer spirit
Utah! What a great legacy!

Blessed from Heave above . . . It’s the land that we love.
This is the Place!

Utah! Utah! Utah! . . . THIS IS THE PLACE!




Wagon_C.jpg Utah Native Americans (2) Words by Sam Francis, Music by Sam Cardon


When white men came to Utah
The Natives tribes were here.
They gathered seeds from grasses,
Caught fish and hunted deer.
Lived in wicki-ups and tepees,
Caves and hogans too,
They made pots and baskets
Each had a job to do.

CHORUS
The Utes, Paiutes, and Gosiutes
Shoshones and Navajos.
The Native tribes of Utah
That lived here long ago.
Throughout the mountain valleys
They lived and hunted game
The Ute tribe is where Utah got its name.

The Gosiutes lived on desert land.
Ate food of every kind.
Some insects and rabbits,
Whatever they could find.
The other Natives planted crops
Which helped keep them alive.
A lot of beans and corn
Was eaten by the tribe.

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The Native tribes of Utah
Worshipped different things.
The air, the wind, the thunder,
And even lightning.
Believed in a Great Spirit
To whom the tribe would pray
For strength to overcome
The trials they faced each day

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Wagon_C.jpg The First White Men in Utah (3)


Spanish explorers searched to find a way
From Sante Fe, New Mexico . . . on to California to Monterey.
They traveled through Utah with mountains streams so clear,
Impressed with what they saw . . .
All the natural beauty
. . . that was here.

CHORUS
They explored each new horizon
Kept on going every day
Went through Utah on their way
Didn’t stop and couldn’t stay
In their search for Monterey.

Father Escalante and Father Dominguez
Led the expedition . . . they tried to find a way to Monterey.
Kept records and journals . . . drew maps of the terrain,
They said of Utah Valley . . .
“It’s the most beautiful
. . . in New Spain.”

CHORUS

They loved the lakes and mountains
Fished along the shore, made friends with all the Indians
Continued on once more . . . to Monterey
But winter came early and stopped them in their tracks.
Couldn’t get to Monterey . . . they had to travel back to Sante Fe

CHORUS
They explored each new horizon
Kept on going every day
Went through Utah on their way
Couldn’t get to Monterey
And went back to Santa Fe!





Wagon_C.jpg Fur Traders and Trappers (4) Words by Sam Francis, Music by Sam Cardon

In eighteen hundred beaver hats were worn throughout the land.
In Paris, London, and New York the pelts were in demand.
So men were sent out West to trap and trade for lots of fur.
In the Rocky Mountain streams, that’s where the beaver were.

CHORUS
Fur traders and trappers were known as mountain men.
Blazed the trails in Utah where no one else had been.
They paved the way for others to come and settle here.
Those who followed in their tracks . . . the Mormon pioneer.

Jim Bridger, Jedediah Smith, Peter Ogden, and Provost,
Are a few of the Moutain Men that each of us should know.
Explored the Rocky Mountains, then returned back home again
With lots of furs and stories of places they had been

CHORUS
Fur traders and trappers were known as mountain men.
Blazed the trails in Utah where no one else had been.
They paved the way for others to come and settle here.
Those who followed in their tracks . . . the Mormon pioneer.
Those who followed in their tracks . . . the Mormon pioneer.




Wagon_C.jpg Utah Pioneers (5) Words by Sam Cardon, Music by Gaye Gibbs

Mormon pioneers came across the plains,
Brought what they could carry . . . and came in wagon train
They suffered trials, so many hardships too.
And some would die before their journey’s through.

CHORUS
Pioneers, pioneers,
We’re grateful for courageous pioneers
They blazed the trail for others
‘Cross a desolate frontier

Through rugged mountains and desert sand
They pushed forward . . . to their promised land.
The wagons stopped near the Great Salt Lake.
And Brigham Young said that
. . . This was the place!

CHORUS

The Mormons built a place where they could stay
Safe from the mobs who had chased them away
And soon came other religions too,
Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, and Jews.

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Utah pioneers . . . courageous and strong
Left us a legacy to build upon
And with hard work they strived to do their best
Making Salt Lake City the crossroads of the West.

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Wagon_C.jpg Iron Wheels (6)

A great event that took place in our history Was the building of the railroad tracks from sea to shining sea The Union Pacific from the East and the Central from the West Racin’ toward each other to prove which one was best. CHORUS Iron wheels a rollin’ down the new built track. Each train kept on goin’ no thought of turnin’ back A lot of tired workers layin’ rails along the line Met at Promontory Point in eighteen sixty nine. The goin’ wasn’t easy there were mountains to go through. With solid rock to blast away . . . had to build some bridges, too. Across the rollin’ prairie they struggled hard each day. And finally came together . . . was on the 10th of May. CHORUS Was quite a celebration . . . what a noise the crowd all made When they drove the golden spike and the final track was laid. Transcontinental railroad joined the East and West as one. With this “wedding of the rails” a new age had begun.

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Wagon_C.jpg Counties (7) Words by Sam Francis, Music by Greg Hansen

There are twenty-nine counties in Utah State
We are able to name each one.
Learning them all while singing
Is easy and also fun.
Box Elder, Beaver . . . start with the letter B.

Cache County and Carbon . . . start with the letter C.
Daggett and Davis and Duchesne . . . start with the letter D.
But the count known as Emery
. . . is the only E.

There are twenty-nine counties in Utah State.
There’s Garfield and Grand and more.
Next we come to Iron . . . named for iron ore.
Juab and Kane . . . Millard we all know.
Morgan, and Piute, followed then by Rich.

Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier
Summit . . . then Tooele’s next.

And the county known as Uintah . . . we’ll add to our list.

There are twenty-nine counties in Utah State.
Only five more and we’ll be through.

Utah, Wasatch, Washington Wayne and Weber, too
All of the counties we have named for you.
Singing the counties is lots of fun to do.
Twenty nine counties . . . some big and small
Now . . . for our favorite one
The county known as ___
Is the best of all!




Wagon_C.jpgThere’s No Place Like Utah (8) Words by Sam Francis, Music by Gaye Gibbs

There’s no place like the state of Utah
No place I would rather be.
The flowing streams and meadows green,
Mountains as far as you can see.
National Parks are here in Utah
Great scenery we can view
At Capitol Reef and Canyon Lands
Zion, Bryce, and Arches, too.

CHORUS
UTAH . . . there’s no place like Utah!
Life is great in Utah
Just travel through the state and you will see.
UTAH . . . there’s no place like Utah
Life is great in Utah
It’s the only place . . . the one and only place for me!

We are growing fast in Utah
With new industry.
Firms are moving here to Utah
Bringing lots of new technology.
The work force here in Utah
Take pride in what they do
Well known for high standards
Good schools and teachers too.

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There’s no place like the state of Utah
No place I would rather be
The Tabernacle Choir, the Jazz, and the Bees,
And the Utah Symphony.
In the summer we go camping
Our snow is great to ski
For
sports and recreation
It’s the place I want to be!

CHORUS