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Havre Considers Adopting An Official Song

“The Havre Song,” a tune extolling the virtues of the Pride of the Hi-Line, may soon be the city’s official song.

A movement has been afoot for a few months to officially designate the song, but it started to gather steam after the Aug. 13 death of Mavis Filler Farnham. She, Kim Callahan and Dena Tippets formed the Timely Trio, which wrote and performed the song in 1983.

The women sang the song for years, playing at various venues in town and at city functions such as Festival Days. Some music teachers sang it with their classes. The trio sang it one last time in July, when they had a reunion in Mavis’ hospital room for a teary-eyed group of friends and family.

Consummate Havreite Bill Lanier said he wishes the designation had been made earlier, but now would be a good time to make it the city’s anthem and pay tribute to Farnham.

The song refers to Havre as “the sweetest little town Montana knows.”

“A lot of people think it is already the official song,” Lanier said.

He said the song captures the spirit of the city. It mentions Havre’s agricultural roots, the college, Fresno Reservoir, the railroads, the Northern lights and the friendly people:

“Havre, you may have been born there, you may just belong there. But there’s one thing, you’ll never stay there long without a friend, without making a friend.”

The initial recording was funded by the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce, Lanier said.

Lanier said he is preparing a resolution for the City Council’s Sept. 16 meeting. He said council people will be able to alter it, pass it or reject it.

“I don’t want council to feel it is being pushed,” he said. 

But he said it will simply be a resolution, not a city ordinance. It won’t cost any money to implement.

“It will be a nice way to pay tribute to Mavis.”

Mavis Filler Farnham. (Courtesy of Tony Filler)

Lyrics to the Havre song:

It’s a golden wheat field and a clear blue sky

It’s a long straight railway with the cattle strolling by 

It’s Fresno Dam where the mighty Milk River flows

It’s the greatest little town the Hi-Line knows

Havre, you may have been born there

Havre, you may just belong there

But there’s one thing, you never stay long there 

Without a friend

Without making a friend

To the North lies Canada our sister and our friend

To the South the Bear Paw Mountains stretch to the wide Missouri bend

To the West the Rocky Mountains

To the East the prairies roam

It’s the heart of North Montana, It’s my home

Havre, you may have been born there

Havre, you may just belong there

But there’s one thing, you’ll never stay long there 

Without a friend

Without making a friend

And it’s late in the evening on a late summer’s night

And the wind has stopped blowing and the

Feeling is just right

You can almost hear the gardens grow, and the

Northern lights set the sky aglow

And this town has a place in my heart I know

Where students and doctors and businessmen

Farmers and ranchers and railroad men

Plant its seeds of friendship and the lovely thing that grows

It’s the sweetest little town Montana knows

Havre, you may have been born there

Havre, you may just belong there

But there’s one thing you’ll never stay long there 

Without a friend

Without making a friend

Without a friend

Without making a friend

Listen to the song here.

Email John Kelleher at john@havreherald.com

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