“The Old Granite State”


"We have come from the mountains (x3) From the Old Granite State; With a band of music (x3) We are passing 'round the world." The song introduces the singers, their state of New Hampshire, and their progressive ideas


The Hutchinson Family, according to Spaeth (_A History of Popular Music in America_, p. 95) used this song to introduce their act and their family.

The Digital Tradition says that the verse, "Yes, we're friends of Emancipation And we'll sing the Proclamation" is "an obvious later addition." This is not as clear as it sounds. It was Lincoln who put the two words together -- but the Hutchinsons were campaigning for emancipation (and other liberal causes such as temperance) well before the Civil War. The exact wording may date from 1862, but the family certainly was proclaiming abolition by the 1840s -- and would have felt Lincoln's half-emancipation completely inadequate.

The family's own history, by Joshua Hutchinson, credits the song to Jesse Hutchinson (the ninth child of Jesse Sr. and Mary Hutchinson), though the sheet music lists the whole family and is copyrighted by John (child #13; all told, the parents had 19 children, 16 of whom survived infancy). - RBW


  • LOCSheet, sm1843 391270, "The Old Granite State," Firth and Hall (New York), 1843 (tune)


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Author: Elaborated, and probably written, by the Hutchinson Family
Earliest date: 1843 (broadside, LOCSheet sm1843 391270)
Found in: US