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'Southern Nights' designated Louisiana's state cultural song

“You Are My Sunshine,” co-written by former Gov. Jimmy Davis, is still the state’s official song.

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana is reshuffling its official state songs list. Lawmakers voted to add “Southern Nights” by New Orleans native Allen Toussaint as the state’s official cultural song. 

They kept “You Are My Sunshine,” co-written by former Gov. Jimmy Davis, in its long-held place as the state’s official song. But the House and Senate struck the song “Give Me Louisiana” by Doralice Fontane from the official songs list. 

That tune referenced “old plantation days” in its list of the reasons that Louisiana is “the sweetest of all states.” 

The bill by Lafayette Democratic Rep. Vincent Pierre adding “Southern Nights” and scrapping “Give Me Louisiana” was sent to the governor before session ended. 

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