NH Freedom Anthem(s)?

The FSP posted this video by Justin O’Donnell:

This old “Live Free or Die” song is catchy. It should be modified. It’s about “guiding America”. Change “country” and “America” to “New Hampshire”, take out the talking part and it might work.

Interestingly, information about it is quite hard to find online. Apparently it was bought for the campaign of former governor Meldrim Thomson Jr:

There’s another song on the B-side of the album called “Keep NH #1”, no idea what it sounds like.

Are there any other good possible NH anthems? We’ve gotta stop people from singing the national anthem and chanting “USA” at events, and replacing it with something NH-centric might do the trick.

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I’ve transcribed the lyrics here, replacing “country” with “New Hampshire” in spots. Also replaced “Yankee” with “Peaceful”. Cutting out the guy talking leaves a simple tune that clocks in at just one minute. We can easily replace the pledge off allegiance and national anthem with this, IMO. Thoughts?

Live free or die
Don’t let the freedom pass you by
Stand up proud and strong and lead New Hampshire on

Live free or die
From the village green to the mountain side
Peaceful voices sing
The song of liberty

In 1623 she touched the hand of history
Led the colonies on
Independence was won
and the spirit lives today
to guide New Hampshire on her way
New Hampshire standing free
The home of liberty

Live free or die
Don’t let the freedom pass you by
Stand up proud and strong and lead New Hampshire on

Live free or die
From the village green to the mountain side
Peaceful voices sing
The song of liberty

I think changing " and the spirit lives today" to “and the spirit lives on” might be better. But either way it looks amazing.

More feedback from some random person who is against COVID mandates: “Good lines, but I don’t think “lead New Hampshire on” resonates”… just some feedback…

I really like it. I agree about “lead New Hampshire on,” but have nothing better to suggest at the moment. I can see that “today” rhymes with “way.” Maybe “And the spirit’s strong today”? Might that work?

Does the person know it used to say “lead this country on”? The whole point of this is to have an anthem about New Hampshire that people can sing instead of nationalistic stuff. It’s not the greatest song in the world, but it’s about NH and I made some tweaks to make it more about NH. Maybe someone could write a better one, but this what we have for now.

No, it wouldn’t rhyme if you changed it like that, nor would the syllables match.