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Oklahoma State Song and Anthem

"Oklahoma!"

Written by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers

Adopted on May 11, 1953.

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 State Song and Anthem : "Oklahoma!"

"Oklahoma!"

Brand new state! Brand new state, gonna treat you great!
Gonna give you barley, carrots and pertaters,
Pasture fer the cattle, Spinach and Temayters!
Flowers on the prarie 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.

Origin of Song: "Oklahoma!"

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 Law

The law designating the song "Oklahoma,"  as the official Oklahoma state song and anthem is found in the Oklahoma Statutes, Title 25, Chapter 3 Section 25-94.1

Title 25. Definitions and General Provisions
Chapter 3.- State Emblems and Honorary Positions
§ 94.1. Official state song.
The official song and anthem of the State of Oklahoma is hereby declared to be the words and music of the song "Oklahoma," composed and written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.

§ 94.2. Official depository of state song.
The State Library shall be the official depository of the official State song, and the State Librarian shall cause a copy thereof to be kept in the State Library.

§ 94.3. Words of state song.

"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, § 2, 3 and 4.
 

State Songs
US State Songs
Forty-nine states of the United States (all except New Jersey) have one or more state songs, selected by the state legislature as a symbol of the state.
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