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The Oklahoma State Children's Song

Oklahoma, My Native Land

words and music by Martha Kemm Barrett

    As I travel the roads of America, such wonderful sights I can see.
    But nothing compares to the place I love;
    The perfect home for you and for me.
    
    Yes, Oklahoma, my native land.
    I am proud to say your future's looking grand.
    Yes, Oklahoma, such history.
    Ev'ry day you give a gift just for me.

    I see a Scissortail Flycatcher cut through the clean air
      as mistletoe kisses the branches ev'rywhere.
    Redbuds open ev'ry single spring.
    
    I hear a Pow Wow beat the rhythm of the old ways
      as oil wells pump back mem'ries of the boom days.
    Only Oklahoma has these things.
    
    Yes, Oklahoma, my native land.
    I am proud to say your future's looking grand.
    Yes, Oklahoma, such history.
    Ev'ry day you give a gift just for me.

    Perfect home for you.
    The perfect home for me.
    It's only Oklahoma for me.

Adoption of State Children's Song

The song, "Oklahoma, My Native Land", words and music by Martha Kermm Barrett, was adopted by the Oklahoma Legislature as the official children's song of Oklahoma on March 27, 1996. It was signed into law by the Governor on April 3, 1996.

Oklahoma Statutes

The following information is excerpted from the Oklahoma Statutes. Within Title 25 of the code, there are three sections related to the state children's song. The first declares that the words and music of "Oklahoma, My Native Land" are the official children's song of Oklahoma. A provision is also made for the custody of the the official state song: the State Librarian at the State Library. Thirdly, the words to the song are codified in the Oklahoma Statutes.

    Added by Laws 1996, c. 25,  1, eff. Nov. 1, 1996.

    Added by Laws 1996, c. 25,  2, eff. Nov. 1, 1996.

    As I travel the roads of America, such wonderful sights I can see.
    But nothing compares to the place I love;
    The perfect home for you and for me.
    
    Yes, Oklahoma, my native land.
    I am proud to say your future's looking grand.
    Yes, Oklahoma, such history.
    Ev'ry day you give a gift just for me.

    I see a Scissortail Flycatcher cut through the clean air
      as mistletoe kisses the branches ev'rywhere.
    Redbuds open ev'ry single spring.
    
    I hear a Pow Wow beat the rhythm of the old ways
      as oil wells pump back mem'ries of the boom days.
    Only Oklahoma has these things.
    
    Yes, Oklahoma, my native land.
    I am proud to say your future's looking grand.
    Yes, Oklahoma, such history.
    Ev'ry day you give a gift just for me.

    Perfect home for you.
    The perfect home for me.
    It's only Oklahoma for me.

    Added by Laws 1996, c. 25,  3, eff. Nov. 1, 1996.


Source: Oklahoma Legislature, (http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/), December 4, 2004
Source: State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols by Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer, Copyright 2002




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