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Oklahoma State Song and Anthem

Oklahoma wheat bending in the storm; photo by George Thomas on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Official State Song & Anthem of Oklahoma

"Oklahoma!" (music by Richard Rogers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II) was adopted as the state song and anthem of Oklahoma in 1953. This "fresh new tune from a musical and a movie of the same name" replaced Oklahoma's original state song ("Oklahoma, A Toast," adopted in 1935) because it was considered by many to be "too slow and too much like a funeral dirge" (quotes from Oklahoma Historical Society). All Oklahoma Songs - All State Songs

Oscar Hammerstein; "Songwriters write songs for people to sing and nothing makes them happier than to know that their song is being sung. Mr. Rodgers and I are very proud that our song has been adopted by your State. Play it and sing it loud and long and often!"

Lyrics to "Oklahoma!"

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 - Yeeowþ A-yip-i-o-ee ay!
We're only sayin' You're doin' fine, Oklahoma! Oklahoma - O.K.