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Home Means (Southern) Nevada’: Taking creative license with the Silver State’s song

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October 31 isn’t just Halloween. It’s also Nevada Day, the anniversary of the Silver State joining the union. And while the southern part of the state (including Clark County) got added in 1867, Bertha Raffetto completely ignored it in 1932 when penning Nevada’s state song, “Home Means Nevada.” Do you see sage and pine anywhere around here? And where the hell is the Truckee, anyway? Time for us to take action—and some creative license—and add a few 702-specific verses.

Home means Nevada

Home means the desert

Home means the yucca and cacti

Out by the mighty Colorado

Out where the heat never dies

*****

Here is the land where I lost that paycheck

Casinos everywhere I can see

Deep in the heart of the Mojave desert

Home means Nevada to me

*****

Whenever the neon lights up the night

The Strip and Fremont all abuzz

Cocktails make everyone feel alright

But only till they encounter the fuzz

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