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by Paul I.

The Maryland State Song was written by James Ryder Randall. It was adopted by Maryland in 1939 as the State Song. When James wrote this song called ''Maryland My Maryland'', he was 22 years old and was a school teacher. Mr. Randall wrote it in the night when he couldn't sleep. He showed his friends. They liked it and urged him to send it to the editor of the Delta a local newspaper. The Song was printed and passed out. Two girls called Jennie and Hettie Cary saw it, changed a few lines that didn't sound right, then, using a French folk tune, put to music. And after all that changing it was adopted by Maryland as our State Song in 1939.