When you're from Texas, people that you meet ask you questions like,
"Do you have any cows?"; "Do you have horses?";
really Indians and cowboys?"; "Do you have buffalo?";
"Bet you got a bunch of guns, eh?"?
They all want to know if
you've been to Southfork. They watched Dallas.
Have you ever looked at a map of the world? Look at Texas with me just
for a second.
That picture, with the Panhandle and the Gulf Coast, and the Red River and the
Rio Grande is as much
a part of you as anything ever will be. As soon as anyone
anywhere in the world looks at it they know what it is. It's Texas.
any kid off the street in Japan and draw him a picture of Texas in the dirt and
he'll know what it is. What happens if
I show you a picture of any other state?
You'll get it maybe after a second (maybe), but who else would?
Even if you
do, does it ever stir any feelings in you?
In every man, woman and child on this little rock the Good Lord put us on,
there is a person who wishes just once he could be a real live Texan
and get upon a horse or ride in a pickup. There
is some bit of Texas in everyone.
Do you know why? Because there's no
place like Texas.
Texas is the Alamo. Texas
is 183 men standing in a church, facing thousands of
nationals, fighting for freedom, who had the chance to walk out and save
themselves, but stayed instead to fight and die
for the cause of freedom.
We send our kids to schools named William B. Travis and Bowie, and do you know
Because those men saw a line in the sand and they decided to cross it and be heroes.
John Wayne paid to do the
movie himself. (I did not know this)
That is the Spirit
is Sam Houston capturing Santa Ana at San Jacinto.
Texas is Texas Independence
Texas is huge forests of Piney Woods like the Davy Crockett National Forest.
Texas is breath taking mountains in Big Bend.
Texas is shiny skyscrapers in
Houston and Dallas.
Texas is world record bass from places like Lake Fork.
Texas is Mexican food like nowhere in the
world, even Mexico.
Texas is larger-than-life legends like Willie Nelson and Buddy Holly,
Earl Campbell and Nolan Ryan, Denton Cooley and Michael
Sam Rayburn, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and George Bush.
Texas is huge herds of cattle and miles of crops.
Texas is skies blackened with doves, and fields full of deer.
Texas is slowly nodding oil well pumps and hissing gas wells.
Texas is crystal
clear Hill Country streams racing through rock bottomed
canyons to empty in to plodding rivers.
it isn't in Texas, you don't need it.
No one does
anything bigger or better than it's done in Texas.
By federal law, Texas is the only state in the U.S. that can fly its flag
at the same height as the U.S. flag. Think
about that for a second.
You fly the Stars and Stripes at 20 feet in Maryland, or California, or Maine,
and your state
flag, whatever it is, goes at 17.
You fly the Stars and Stripes in front of Pine Tree High in Longview at 20 feet,
Lone Star flies at the same height--20 feet. Do you know why?
we place being a Texan as high as being an American down here.
Our capitol is the only one in the country that is taller than the capitol building
in Washington, D.C.
included these things as part of the deal when we came on.
That's the best part right there, WHEN WE CAME ON.
Texas was its own country. The Republic
No matter where I may live in the US of A, I am proud to be a TEXAN