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The Oklahoma State Song and Anthem

Oklahoma

words by Oscar Hammerstein and music by Richard Rodgers

    Brand new state, Brand new state, gonna treat you great!
    Gonna give you barley, carrots and pertaters,
    Pasture fer the cattle, Spinach and Termayters!
    Flowers on the prairie where the June bugs zoom,
    Plen'y of air and plen'y of room,
    Plen'y of room to swing a rope!
    Plen'y of heart and plen'y of hope!

    Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain,
    And the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweet
    When the wind comes right behind the rain.
    Oklahoma, ev'ry night my honey lamb and I
    Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk makin' lazy circles in the sky.

    We know we belong to the land
    And the land we belong to is grand!
    And when we say - Yeeow] A-yip-i-o-ee ay!
    We're only sayin' You're doin' fine, Oklahoma! Oklahoma - O.K.

Adoption of State Song and Anthem

The song, "Oklahoma", with words by Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960) and music by Richard Rodgers (1902-1979), was adopted by the Oklahoma Legislature as the official state song of Oklahoma on May 11, 1953. The song was adopted as both an official song and anthem.

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 song and anthem. The first declares that the words and music of "Oklahoma" are the official song and anthem 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.

    Laws 1953, p. 101,  2. Laws 1953, p. 101,  2.

    Laws 1953, p. 101,  3. 

    Brand new state, Brand new state, gonna treat you great!
    Gonna give you barley, carrots and pertaters,
    Pasture fer the cattle, Spinach and Termayters!
    Flowers on the prairie where the June bugs zoom,
    Plen'y of air and plen'y of room,
    Plen'y of room to swing a rope!
    Plen'y of heart and plen'y of hope!

    Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain,
    And the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweet
    When the wind comes right behind the rain.
    Oklahoma, ev'ry night my honey lamb and I
    Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk makin' lazy circles in the sky.

    We know we belong to the land
    And the land we belong to is grand!
    And when we say - Yeeow] A-yip-i-o-ee ay!
    We're only sayin' You're doin' fine, Oklahoma! Oklahoma - O.K.

    Laws 1953, p. 101,  4. Laws 1953, p. 101,  4. 


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
Source: State Songs America, Edited by M.J. Bristow, Copyright 2000




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