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Oklahoma’s Song

My parents are both from Oklahoma, but I didn’t grow up there. I went one year of middle school in Oklahoma, then we moved away. We went to California and Washington, then back to Oklahoma for a year, and then back to California for a year. After that, we went back, and I went two years of high school in Oklahoma before I graduated from high school. I then entered Oklahoma Christian College, then had to drop out and ended up getting sent back to California. I had studied Oklahoma history and knew about the Indians, but I didn’t know their song. I didn’t even know they had one.Eventually, I got to go back to Oklahoma Christian College which is now Oklahoma Christian University. A couple of years into college, I went to Japan as an exchange student/student missionary. We went to freshman orientation in Japan.

We were outside at a bonfire with a bunch of Japanese students and professors. There were seven students from Oklahoma. They asked the students from Oklahoma to sing the Oklahoma song for them. I didn’t even know Oklahoma had a song. I couldn’t do it, so I told the professor I couldn’t. The other students from Oklahoma pulled me aside and taught me the Oklahoma song so I could sing it with them in front of the Japanese.

The song is from a Rogers and Hammerstein Broadway play that was later performed in the movie version in 1955.. In 1953, the state legislature of Oklahoma had decided to adopt this song as the state anthem of Oklahoma.

“Oklahoma!”

If you look close, you can see the names of the counties and see that many of them are named after Indians.

Brand new state, Brand new state, gonna treat you great! (treat you great= be good to you)

Gonna give you barley, carrots and pertaters, (gonna= going to…….pertaters= potatoes)

Pasture fer the cattle, Spinach and Termayters! (fer=for….termayers= tomatoes)

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! (swing a rope- to lasso)

Plen’y of heart and plen’y of hope! (pen’y- plenty)

Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain, (sweepin= sweeping)

And the wavin’ wheat can sure smell sweet (wavin’=waving)

When the wind comes right behind the rain

.Oklahoma, ev’ry night my honey lamb and I (honey lamb= a term of endearment)

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 (doin’= doing)

(yeeowb A-yip-i-o-ee-ay!= a cowboy’s way of yelling with excitement)

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