Background of Oklahoma's Official State SongThe title song for the 1943 Broadway Musical "Oklahoma!" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, "Oklahoma!" was named the official state song of Oklahoma in 1953, just prior to the release of the musical's film version starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.
In the musical, the song is performed by the character Curly in the 2nd act. He is soon joined by the chorus. George Nigh, later the Governor but at the time a State Representative, was the primary author of the legislation designating "Oklahoma!" as the official 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 waivin' 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-oee-ay!
We're only sayin'
You're doin' fine, Oklahoma!