State Song Of Nevada

State Song Of Nevada

“Home Means Nevada” Is The Official State Song Of Nevada adopted in 1932. The Song “Home Means Nevada” was written by Bertha Rafetto in 1932. The song was officially adopted by the Nevada Legislature as the official Nevada State Song


Origin of the National Song Of Nevada

In the year of 1932, it was summer and Mrs. Raffetto had been asked by the Nevada Native Daughters to sing a song about Nevada.  Mrs. Raffetto completed “Home Means Nevada” at 4:00 am on the day of the picnic and sang her composition that afternoon. The State Song Of Nevada was very well received and former Governor Roswell K. Colcord said to Mrs. Raffetto, “Honey, that’s the prettiest Nevada State Song that I have ever heard. This song should be made the state song of Nevada!”


Home Means Nevada

words and music by Mrs. Bertha Raffetto (1885-1952)


    Way out in the land of the setting sun,

    Where the wind blows wild and free,

    There’s a lovely spot, just the only one

    That means home sweet home to me.

    If you follow the old Kit Carsen trail,

    Until desert meet the hills,

    Oh you certainly will agree with me,

    It’s the place of a thousand thrills.    



    Home means Nevada,

    Home means the hills,

    Home means the sage and the pines.

    Out by the Truckee’s silvery rills.

    Out where the sun always shines.

    There is a land that l love the best,

    Fairer than all I can see.

    Right in the heart of the golden west,

    Home means Nevada to me.


    Whenever the sun at the close of day

    Colors all the western sky,

    Oh, my heart returns to the desert grey

    And the mountains tow’ring high.

    Where the moon beams play in shadowed glen

    With the spotted fawn and doe

    All the lifelong night until morning light

    Is the loveliest place I know.

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