Ode to Augusta (Masters Theme Song)

Even casual Masters viewers have heard the CBS theme music (Masters theme song) countless times, but may not have known that there are words that go with the soft tinkling piano melody to “Augusta.”

Songwriter Dave Loggins wrote the tune, simply called “Augusta,” in 1981 after visiting Augusta National, the home of the Masters, for that April’s tournament.

Mr. Loggins said the lyrics spontaneously came to him on the par-4 14th hole. Then, in a meeting with legendary CBS Sports golf producer Frank Chirkinian, Loggins piqued Chirkinian’s interest in a potential Masters theme song.

The song debuted during the 1982 Masters and the instrumental version has been a part of the broadcast ever since.

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“Augusta” by Dave Loggins lyrics

Well, it’s springtime in the valley
On Magnolia Lane
It’s the Augusta National
And the Master of the game

Who’ll wear that green coat
On Sunday afternoon
Who’ll walk that eighteenth fairway
Singin’ this tune

Oh, Augusta
Your dogwoods and pines
They play on my mind like a song
Oh, Augusta
It’s you that I love
It’s you that I miss when I’m gone

Well, it’s Watson and Byron Nelson
And Demaret, and Player, and Snead
And it’s Amen’s Corner
It’s Hogan’s perfect swing
It’s Sarazen’s double eagle
At the fifteenth In Thirty-Five
And the spirit of Clifford Roberts
That keeps it alive

Oh, Augusta
Your dogwoods and pines
They play on my mind like a song
Oh, Augusta
It’s you that I love
It’s you that I miss when I’m gone

It’s the legions of Arnie’s Army
And the Golden Bear’s throne
The wooden-shafted legend of Bobby Jones

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