THE SCHAUMBURG SONG

RMusic notesolling hills and flowing meadows where Indians once roamed,
Is the place that the German settlers came and decided to make their home.
They built their farms, worked the land, toiled hard and long,
That’s how Schaumburg got its start and we’re still going strong.”

Sound familiar? Most probably not. This is the start of Schaumburg’s theme song commissioned by the Schaumburg Sister City Committee in 1983 to honor the 27-year old village. Eager to get their group off and running, they financed the writing and production of “Schaumburg, We’re Proud to Call You Our Home.”

Home grown from the beginning to the end of the process, the song has a folk/country sound. The lyrics and music were written by local ladies, Barbara Tracy and Chris Portuese. As a professional singer and guitar player, Ms. Tracy recorded the song on Sunday, June 19, 1983 with No Limit, a three member rock band from Schaumburg. And, you guessed it, it was produced in a Schaumburg studio.

One thousand copies of the single were recorded on a 45-rpm style record. (The library has one in our Reference collection.) On the B-side of the record is a song from Schaumburg-Lippe that is sung in German. According to a June 16, 1983 article from the Daily Herald, Ms. Tracy says, “A soccer team that was here (from Germany) first sang the song and then the Buckeburger Jager orchestra and dancing troupe sang it while they were here and gave me a copy of the music.”

The lyrics to “Schaumburg, We’re Proud to Call You Our Home” are as follows…

“Rolling hills and flowing meadows where Indians once roamed,
Is the place that the German settler came and decided to make their home.
They built their farms, worked the land, toiled hard and long,
That’s how Schaumburg got its start and we’re still going strong.

Schaumburg—from a sleepy little hollow,
Schaumburg—to a city with a dream,
Schaumburg—we’re proud to call you our home.

They built the schools, built the churches, became a prosperous town,
Where a tailor, cobbler, wagon maker and blacksmith could be found,
Always there to help each other as they went along,
That’s how Schaumburg got its start and we’re still going strong.

They called it Schaumburg—from a sleepy little hollow,
Schaumburg—to a city with a dream,
Schaumburg—we’re proud to call you our home.

A village built with love and pride and a spirit that lives on and on,
With farms and high-rises side by side, Schaumburg’s a special town,
It’s a place to raise your family, a place you can belong,
Schaumburg had a humble start and we’re still going strong.

Schaumburg—from a sleepy little hollow,
Schaumburg—to a city with a dream,
Schaumburg—we’re proud to call you our home.”

Efforts were made to gain the rights to put the song on this blog. Ms. Portuese has since passed away and Ms. Tracy was unable to be reached. If, at some point, we are able to make contact, it would be neat to share the recording!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org

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3 Responses to “THE SCHAUMBURG SONG”

  1. David Olson Says:

    I’d love to know where the rolling hills were. I suppose near the heights in Arlington Heights and the mountain in Mt. Prospect.

  2. Bill Shelly Says:

    Would the song not be in the public domain at this point, especially if none of the members are reachable? I have two copies of the 45 and have been thinking about digitizing it for future generations to enjoy.

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