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The Ohio State Rock Song

Hang On Sloopy

words and music by Bert Berns and Wes Farrell

   CHORUS:
    Hang on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on
    Hang on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on 

    Sloopy lives in a very bad part of town
    And everybody yeah, tries to put my Sloopy down
    Well, Sloopy I don't care what your daddy do
    Cause' you know Sloopy girl I'm in love with you 

    And so I say now 
    Hang on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on
    Hang on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on 

    Sloopy let your hair down girl, let it hang down on me
    Sloopy let your hair down girl ,let it hang down on me 

    Come on Sloopy, Come on Sloopy
    Come on, come on
    Come on Sloopy, Come on Sloopy
    Come on, Come on 

    Well it feels so good
    Come on, Come on
    You know it feels so good
    Come on, Come on 

    Well, Shake it, Shake it, Shake it Sloopy 
    Come on, Come on 
    Well, Shake it, Shake it, Shake it Yeah 
    Come on, Come on 

   CHORUS:
    Hang on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on
    Hang on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on

Adoption of the State Rock Song

Hang On Sloopy, The McCoys

The song, "Hang On Sloopy", words and music by Bert Berns and Wes Farrell, was adopted as the official state rock song of Ohio by House Concurrent Resolution No. 16 in 1985. Though the song is attributed to a Bert "Russell" in the resolution, the real composer was Bert Berns. Russell was a pseudonym, or pen name, that Berns wrote under sometimes.

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 16

WHEREAS, The members of the 116th General Assembly of Ohio wish to recognize the rock song "Hang On Sloopy" as the official rock song of the great State of Ohio; and

WHEREAS, In 1965, an Ohio-based rock group known as the McCoys reached the top of the national record charts with "Hang On Sloopy," composed by Bert Russell and Wes Farrell, and that same year, John Tagenhorst, then an arranger for the Ohio State University Marching Band, created the band's now-famous arrangement of "Sloopy," first performed at the Ohio State-Illinois football game on October 9, 1965; and

WHEREAS, Rock music has become an integral part of American culture, having attained a degree of acceptance no one would have thought possible twenty years ago; and

WHEREAS, Adoption of "Hang On Sloopy" as the official rock song of Ohio is in no way intended to supplant "Beautiful Ohio" as the official state song, but would serve as a companion piece to that old chestnut; and

WHEREAS, If fans of jazz, country-and-western, classical, Hawaiian and polka music think those styles also should be recognized by the state, then by golly, they can push their own resolution just like we're doing; and

WHEREAS, "Hang On Sloopy" is of particular relevance to members of the Baby Boom Generation, who were once dismissed as a bunch of long-haired, crazy kids, but who now are old enough and vote in sufficient numbers to be taken quite seriously; and

WHEREAS, Adoption of this resolution will not take too long, cost the state anything, or affect the quality of life in this state to any appreciable degree, and if we in the legislature just go ahead and pass the darn thing, we can get on with more important stuff; and

WHEREAS, Sloopy lives in a very bad part of town, and everybody, yeah, tries to put my Sloopy down; and

WHEREAS, Sloopy, I don't care what your daddy do, 'cause you know, Sloopy girl, I'm in love with you; therefore be it

Resolved, That we, the members of the 116th General Assembly of Ohio, in adopting this Resolution, name "Hang On Sloopy" as the official rock song of the State of Ohio; and be it further

Resolved, That the Legislative Clerk of the House of Representatives transmit duly authenticated copies of this Resolution to the news media of Ohio.




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