Texas Almanac, 1941-1942 Page: 92
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
A D Fi 8
JOHN LANG SINCLAIR
TEXAS ALMANAC -1941-42
The Eyes of Texas
(UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS)
The eyes of Tex- as are up - on you, All the live-long day. The eyes of Tex-as are up-
" ," ,
= - + ' l _: , " --!l~ - + r -+ + - r +t P +
A 7 )7 G C
on you, Yo u can-not get a- way Do not tlink you can es.cape thenmAt night or ear-ly in the
S C G A rnin G D G
morn, The eyes of Tex- as are up - on you T111 Ga - briel blows his horn
By permission or The Unlr, lity of Texae
NOTE -Foregoing is the adopted song of the University of Texas, but is widely played on public
occa-lons and has something of the character of a state song Its origin was as follows William L.
Prather, president of the university, 1899-1906, frequently said to the students, "The eyes of Texas
are upon you " The glee club, in pranking mood, on an occasion when the president was present,
sang the foregoing song, which had been written b5 John Lang Sinclair, a student, to the tune of
"I've Been Working on the Levee" ("Railroad") It became by gradual adoption the song of the
The mockingbird is the officially recog
nized state bird of Texas, adopted by the
Legislature in 1927 at the request of the
Texas Federation of Women's Clubs (Acts of
1927) Fortieth Legislature, regular session,
The State Motto of Texas is "Friendship "
The word, Texas, or Te3as, was the Spanish
pronunciation of a Caddo Indian word mean-
ing "friends" or "allies." (See p. 42.)
(Acts of 1930, fourth called session of Fort-
First Legislature, page 105.)
There has been no official adoption by the
state of any animal other than the mocking-
bird However, the Longhorn, adopted by
University of Texas, the Mustang, adopted
by Southern Methodist University, the Horned
Frog, adopted by Texas Christian Univer-
sity, are rather widely recognized as specifi-
cally "Texan," and as being common prop-
erty of all Texans The chaparral bird, also
known as the roadrunner and Paisano, is a
favorite and was the adopted bird of the
Centennial Exposition of 1936
Texas' popular designation, or nickname.
is Lone Star State, which is derived from the
single star on the Texas flag
TEXAN OR TEXIAN? 7
The dwellers within the confines of the
State of Texas today are usually referred to
as Texans, but at an early date the designa-
tion, Texian, was preferred The Texas Al-
manac of 1858 carries an extract from an old
manuscript criticizing Kennedy's "History of
Texas" for referring to the people of Texas
as Texans "It is an indubitable fact," states
this review, "that the inhabitants of Texas.
literate and illiterate, have almost univer-
sally accepted the term, Texian, to define
their political individuality. . . . Texian .
has more euphony and is better adapted to
the convenience of the poets who shall here-
after celebrate our deeds in sonorous strains
than the harsh, abrupt, ungainly appellation,
Texan, impossible in rhyme to anything but
tile merest doggerel."
It was at Galveston in 1866 that Gen. Philip
H Sheridan, then in charge of the federal
military district including Texas, remarked to
a newspaper reporter "if I owned Texas and
all hell, I would rent out Texas and live in
hell." Later General Sheridan recorded his
admiration for Texas and attributed his un-
complimentary statement to the fact that he
was at the moment fatigued by a long trip
through Chihuahua and Texas during the
month of August.
Tune' "Levee Song"
Here’s what’s next.
This book can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Book.
Texas Almanac, 1941-1942, book, 1941; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117164/m1/94/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.