Written by Henry Timrod
Composed by Anne Custis Burgess

Hold up the glories of thy dead;
Say how thy elder children bled,
And point to Eutaw's battle-bed.
Carolina! Carolina!

Throw thy bold banner to the breeze!
Front with thy ranks the threatening seas
Like thine own proud armorial trees,
Carolina! Carolina!

Thy skirts indeed the foe may part,
Thy robe be pierced with sword and dart,
They shall not touch thy noble heart,
Carolina! Carolina!

Girt with such wills to do and bear,
Assured in right, and mailed in prayer,
Thou wilt not bow thee to despair,
Carolina! Carolina!

Official Song of the State of South Carolina.
Adopted in 1911.

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Common shorthand for both the University of North Carolina (UNC, at, in Chapel Hill) and the University of South Carolina (USC -- wait, not SoCal -- at, in Columbia). There is a minor rivalry between the two universities, complete with lame cheers a la "When you say 'Carolina' say 'North Carolina'; when you say 'Carolina' say 'Heels!'"

It is likely rather infuriating to the South Carolina folks that when sportscasters talk about "Carolina," particularly in the basketball context, everyone knows to whom they're referring -- and it's not them.

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