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Itasca: A Place of Beginings

Words & Music by Charlie Maguire © 2000 Mello-Jamin Music. All rights reserved.

To celebrate the Grand Opening of the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center, Minnesota State Parks asked Minnesota composer Charlie Maguire to create a song for the occasion. His creation, "Itasca: A Place of Beginnings" tells of the rich history and legends that make this park a landmark. With more than 32,000 acres and 100 lakes, it's a great place to visit.
           --From: "Stepping Stones" liner notes MN/DNR Parks and Recreation

Play Sample

C                           Am                               
Come to the beginning of a river
F         G         C          G
A river known for long-time traveling
C                           Am
Come to the beginning of a river
F                      G-C
Itasca and the Mississippi

C                           Am
Come to the beginning of a people
F              G            C            G
The original people after long-time traveling
C                           Am
Come to the beginning of a people
F                      G-C
Itasca and the Mississippi 


Refrain:
F                        Em
And the river keeps on rolling
F                   C
From "a hop and a skip"
D7                   G
To the "heart of a nation"
C                    Am
Come to a place of beginnings
F                     G-C
Itasca and the Mississippi

Additional verses:

Come to the beginning of discovery
Map and compass and a long-time traveling
Come to the beginning of discovery
Itasca and the Mississippi

Come to the beginning of a story
Courageous conservation and a long-time traveling
Come to the beginning of a story
Itasca and the Mississippi

Refrain

(Modulation)
Come to the beginning of a river
A river known for long-time traveling
Come to the beginning of a river
Itasca and the Mississippi

Come to the tall pines you've been seeking
Since 1891 and a long-time traveling
Come to "A Place of Beginnings"
Itasca and the Mississippi


Previous Songs: I Like It Here/O Cold and Misery * Winter on the Farm * Darling * Fine Old Lady * The Teton Dam * Towboat * The Hinkley Fire * L'Etoile Du Nord * Goodnight Baby * Gypsy Woody * The B. C. Rail * Play Us a Waltz * Ozawindib * Long Way to Another Friend * Fall Is Here * Rainfall Has Turned to Snow

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