ST. CHARLES – The city of St. Charles is a vote away from having an official song. Monday, the Government Operations Committee unanimously recommended that the city adopt “In St. Charles” by Jim Masters as its official song. A favorable vote by the St. Charles City Council will make it official.
Fifth Ward Alderman Maureen Lewis presented the request, explaining Masters – a former St. Charles resident – penned the ditty in 1984.
St. Charles High School alumni performed the song for former choir director Jim Getty in June as part of the Class of 1963’s 50th reunion, Lewis said.
Alumnus Bill Russell said “In St. Charles” resonated with the alumni.
“The song said so much about what we felt about this city,” he said, quoting lyrics describing a sense of community, friendship, unity and neighbors on every street. “What better advertisement for what St. Charles was, is and can be?”
And so, with Lewis’ help, the quest to make it the city’s official song began.
City documents indicate Masters – now a lecturer at The Ohio State University – is willing to give the city his original composition as a gift.
Monday, David and Jeff Hunt of the St. Charles Singers performed the song for aldermen. Masters’ sister, Barbara Masters, provided musical accompaniment.
Those in attendance were asked to sing the chorus:
For in St. Charles, I've found my dreams,
The grass grows greener, or so it seems.
I love to stroll by the riverside,
Ride through the countryside,
Smile at the people I meet.
To feel that sense of community,
Friendship and unity,
Neighbors on every street.
A million moments of living her,
Sharing and giving here,
Friendships that money can't buy.
The seasons changing the scenery,
Summers lush greenery,
Sunsets that color the sky.
Here in St. Charles, it's home for me.