Preakness Song Lyrics - Maryland, My Maryland

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Preakness Song Lyrics

Like the other Triple Crown races, there are several long running traditions associated with the Preakness. Much in the same way that the Kentucky Derby is famous for the singing of `My Old Kentucky Home' before the race, the Pimlico crowd joins in the singing of "Maryland, My Maryland" which is usually performed by the United States Naval Academy Glee Club.

Maryland, My Maryland

The despot's heel is on thy shore,
Maryland!
His torch is at thy temple door,
Maryland!
Avenge the patriotic gore
That flecked the streets of Baltimore,
And be the battle queen of yore,
Maryland! My Maryland!
 

Hark to an exiled son's appeal,
Maryland!
My mother State! to thee I kneel,
Maryland!
For life and death, for woe and weal,
Thy peerless chivalry reveal,
And gird they beauteous limbs with steel,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Thou wilt not cower in the dust,
Maryland!
Thy beaming sword shall never rust,
Maryland!
Remember Carroll's sacred trust,
Remember Howard's warlike thrust,-
And all thy slumberers with the just,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Come! 'tis the red dawn of the day,
Maryland!
Come with thy panoplied array,
Maryland!
With Ringgold's spirit for the fray,
With Watson's blood at Monterey,
With fearless Lowe and dashing May,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Come! for thy shield is bright and strong,
Maryland!
Come! for thy dalliance does thee wrong,
Maryland!
Come to thine own anointed throng,
Stalking with Liberty along,
And chaunt thy dauntless slogan song,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Dear Mother! burst the tyrant's chain,
Maryland!
Virginia should not call in vain,
Maryland!
She meets her sisters on the plain-
"Sic semper!" 'tis the proud refrain
That baffles minions back amain,
Arise in majesty again,
Maryland! My Maryland!

I see the blush upon thy cheek,
Maryland!
For thou wast ever bravely meek,
Maryland!
But lo! there surges forth a shriek,
From hill to hill, from creek to creek-
Potomac calls to Chesapeake,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Thou wilt not yield the Vandal toll,
Maryland!
Thou wilt not crook to his control,
Maryland!
Better the fire upon thee roll, Better the blade, the shot, the bowl,
Than crucifixion of the soul,
Maryland! My Maryland!

I hear the distant thunder-hum,
Maryland!
The Old Line's bugle, fife, and drum,
Maryland!
She is not dead, nor deaf, nor dumb-
Huzza! she spurns the Northern scum!
She breathes! she burns! she'll come! she'll come!
Maryland! My Maryland! 

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Race Tracks Time (EST)
Aqueduct 12:24 PM
Australia A 9:00 PM
Australia B 10:30 PM
Australia C 10:57 PM
Charles Town 7:00 PM
Curraheen (IG) 2:50 PM
Daytona Beach Mat 1:05 PM
Dayton Raceway 6:15 PM
Delta Downs 6:40 PM
Dover Downs 4:29 PM
Enniscorthy (IG) 3:00 PM
Evangeline Downs 6:35 PM
Flamboro Downs 6:00 PM
Freehold Raceway 12:39 PM
Galway (IG) 3:07 PM
Golden Gate Fields 3:44 PM
Gulfstream Tropical 12:40 PM
Harrahs Philly (Chester) 12:43 PM
Hawthorne 1:55 PM
Laurel Park 12:39 PM
Los Alamitos (TB) 3:59 PM
Mardi Gras Eve 7:30 PM
Mardi Gras Mat 4:59 PM
Monticello Raceway 12:29 PM
Naples-Ft Myers Mat 2:59 PM
Naples-Ft Myers Twi 2:00 PM
New Zealand 6:45 PM
Palm Beach Mat 1:03 PM
Penn National 6:00 PM
Rideau Carleton 6:30 PM
Rosecroft Raceway 6:40 PM
Sanford Mat 1:30 PM
Sarasota Mat 12:31 PM
Saratoga Harness 4:00 PM
Shelbourne Park (IG) 2:58 PM
Southland Mat 5:00 PM
St Johns Eve 7:45 PM
Tri-State Eve 7:00 PM
Turfway Park 6:15 PM
Vaal (SAF) 5:41 AM
Woodbine (H) 7:30 PM

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