“Oklahoma Songs” Is The Official State Song Of Oklahoma. The National Song Of Oklahoma lyrics were written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The melody is reprised in the main title of the 1955 film version. In the overtures of both film and musical productions. In 1953, the Oklahoma legislature chose it as the Oklahoma State Song, replacing a less well-known song, “Oklahoma – A Toast”, that had been adopted in 1935.
Written by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
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.
Previous State Song
According to the Oklahoma Historical Society, the first State Song Of Oklahoma was “Oklahoma – A Toast”. National Song Of Oklahoma was written in 1905 by Mrs. Harriett Parker Camden, a resident of Kingfisher, Oklahoma. It became a hit within the state and was adopted as the state song by the legislature on March 26, 1935. The lyrics of the refrain are:
“I give you a land of sun and flowers, and summer a whole year long, I give you a land where the golden hours roll by to the mockingbird’s song, Where the cotton blooms ‘neath the southern sun, where the vintage hangs thick on the vine. A land whose story has just begun. This wonderful land of mine.”