Sunday, January 5, 2014

To-pe-ka, The city of my dreams

To-pe-ka, The city of my dreams,

To-pe-ka, You're in my heart, it seems.

To-pe-ka, You've made our Kansas great,

The fairest flower of the Sunflower State.

To-pe-ka, No matter where I roam,

You're still my 'Home Sweet Home,'

Of all the cities North, South, East and West,

To-pe-ka, We love you the best."

The words and music were written by Franz Steininger, a Hollywood and New York musical director who composed several musical pieces for shows in the 1940s, according to the archives of The Topeka Capital-Journal.

A native of Vienna, Austria, Steininger was hired to direct music for the Topeka centennial pageant, which ran May 22-25, 1954, with a cast of professional and local actors.

He was quoted at the time as saying his song was patterned after two other songs that honored other cities. They are "Chicago" and "San Francisco."
according to CJonline

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