“Arkansas, You Run Deep in Me”

Arkansas Community Foundation was honored to be given the rights to one of our State Songs, “Arkansas, You Run Deep in Me,” by native Arkansan and hall of fame singer/songwriter, the late Wayland Holyfield. The Foundation has created a music video featuring Arkansas in all her glory and showcasing some of the people who have benefited from generations of generosity through the Community Foundation.

Wayland Holyfield

Watch the video on YouTube.

“Arkansas, You Run Deep in Me”

October morning in the Ozark Mountains,
Hills ablazing like that sun in the sky.
I fell in love there and the fire’s still burning
A flame that never will die.

Oh, I may wander, but when I do
I will never be far from you.
You’re in my blood and I know you’ll always be.
Arkansas, you run deep in me.

Moonlight dancing on a delta levee,
To a band of frogs and whippoorwill
I lost my heart there one July evening
And it’s still there, I can tell.

Magnolia blooming, Mama smiling,
Mallards sailing on a December wind.
God bless the memories I keep recalling
Like an old familiar friend.

And there’s a river rambling through the fields and valleys,
Smooth and steady as she makes her way south,
A lot like the people whose name she carries.
She goes strong and she goes proud.
Written by Wayland Holyfield