Pair compose Kalispell anthem

Print Article

Kalispell could soon have its own official anthem.

Lisa Birkeland and Steve Eckels collaborated on the song, which Eckels sang for the City Council on Monday while playing his guitar.

Following Eckels’ performance, Mayor Tammi Fisher requested that Eckels write a letter asking for it to be the city’s official song. The council then could act on the request.

Eckels, who arranged the song, put out a request for a lyricist to write the words to a Kalispell anthem some time ago.

He wanted to create more unity because of what he calls “extreme divisiveness in our national and local political discourse.” Eckels had almost given up hope when Birkeland came through. Birkeland is a member of the local Crown of the Continent Choir.

“The words are timeless, reflect our region and will uplift all who sing it,” said Eckels, a well-known local guitarist and guitar instructor at Flathead High School.

The anthem follows the tune of “Alleluia, Sing to Jesus,” a Welsh hymn composed in 1844 by Rowland Prichard. Eckels called it “the most beautiful hymn melody I know.”

The words to the song are as follows:

“Neath the shadowing mountains majesty,

near the shores of our inland sea.

We live bright as the stars that shine above,

we’re enriched by all the beauty.

Heart to heart we’re all a part

of this last best place, the state of treasure.

Hand in hand we all share the land,

wondrous beyond all measure.


Oh, the winter’s white to the summer’s light,

springs of green and autumns of gold.

We are blessed by the many splendors

of every season’s glory to hold.

Side by side, we all take pride

in this paradise where we live and we roam.

Arm in arm may we do no harm,

Kalispell, our lovely home.


From the cities’ pace, to the open space,

lives a people close to the land.

Fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers,

sons and daughters let’s take a stand.

Ear to ear we can strive to hear

what we need to do to be better still.

Eye to eye we can touch the big sky,

how we love you Kalispell.


Hear the eagle’s cry, high up in the sky,

see the silvery fish in the streams.

Lo the flora and lo the fauna

that grace the land as loveliest of dreams.

By and by may we soar on high,

or swim to and fro with the rhythm and flow.

On and on may we all sing our songs,

Kalispell a fine place to grow.”

Print Article

Read More Local News

Food-conditioned griz euthanized near Trego

July 06, 2018 at 6:10 pm | Daily Inter Lake Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks captured a male grizzly bear south of Eureka near Trego and euthanized the animal because it was food-conditioned and habituated to people. Wildlife personnel capt...


Read More

Car collides with garbage truck; 3 injured

July 06, 2018 at 6:10 pm | Daily Inter Lake A two-car wreck in a remote area near Hungry Horse Reservoir Friday afternoon left three Wisconsin people hospitalized. According to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Laramie Stefani, a Chevy Cobalt ...


Read More

3 injured in Lakeside crash

July 06, 2018 at 5:58 pm | Daily Inter Lake A two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on U.S. 93 south of Lakeside sent three people to the hospital. According to a witness, a BMW Series 335i with a temporary registration from Pennsylvania wa...


Read More

Officer rams vehicle to end chase through Kalispell

July 06, 2018 at 2:06 pm | Daily Inter Lake A Kalispell woman is in the Flathead County Jail after a high-speed chase through Kalispell early Tuesday morning involving several county Sheriff’s Office vehicles. Ashley Jean Morse is facing on...


Read More

Contact Us

(406) 755-7000
727 East Idaho
Kalispell, MT 59901

©2018 Daily Inter Lake Terms of Use Privacy Policy