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"Oklahoma, My Native Land"

Written by Martha Kemm Barrett
Composed by Martha Kemm Barrett

Adopted on March 27, 1996.

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 State Children's Song:
"Oklahoma, My Native Land"

"Oklahoma, My Native Land"

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.

Origin of Song: "Oklahoma, My Native Land"

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.

House Bill No. 3000

An Act relating to state emblems;
declaring the song "Oklahoma, My Native Land" the official children's song of the state;
providing for the official repository of the song;
requiring copies to be maintained in depository;
stating words of the official state children's song;
providing for codification; and providing an effective date.
 
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Oklahoma:
SECTION 1. NEW LAW A new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 94.5 of Title 25, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:
The official children's song of the State of Oklahoma is hereby declared to be the words and music of the song "Oklahoma, My Native Land", composed and written by Martha Kemm Barrett.
SECTION 2. NEW LAW A new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 94.6 of Title 25, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:
The State Library, maintained by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, shall be the official depository of the official state children's song, and the State Librarian shall cause a copy of the song to be kept in the State Library.
SECTION 3. NEW LAW A new section of law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 94.7 of Title 25, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:
The words of the official state children's song are:

"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."

SECTION 4. This act shall become effective November 1, 1996.
Approved April 3, 1996.

Oklahoma Law

The law designating the song Oklahoma, My Native Land"  as the official Oklahoma state children's song is found in the Oklahoma Statutes, Title 25, Chapter 3 Section 25-94.5-7

Title 25. Definitions and General Provisions
Chapter 3.- State Emblems and Honorary Positions

§25-94.5. Official state children's song. The official children's song of the State of Oklahoma is hereby declared to be the words and music of the song "Oklahoma, My Native Land", composed and written by Martha Kemm Barrett.

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

§25-94.6. Official depository of state children's song. The State Library, maintained by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, shall be the official depository of the official state children's song, and the State Librarian shall cause a copy of the song to be kept in the State Library.

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

§25-94.7. Words of the state children's song. The words of the official state children's song are:

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.

 




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