The sun doesn’t go down

As Wayne Coyne noted, “It’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning round.”

Which is by way of announcing that the Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize??” has been declared, by popular vote, to be Oklahoma’s state rock song.

Yeah, there were nominees I might have preferred, but you know, there’s something inordinately cool about having a state song included on an album titled Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.

The rest of the state songs:

  • The state song: “Oklahoma!” from the Rodgers/Hammerstein musical
  • The state country song: “Faded Love,” Bob Wills
  • The state folk song: “Oklahoma Hills,” Jack & Woody Guthrie

You can hear “Do You Realize??” on the Lips’ MySpace page.


  1. McGehee »

    3 March 2009 · 9:10 am

    Hmmm. I only know “Faded Love” from a line in an Alabama song (which, because it mentions Texas rather than Oklahoma in its title, I’ll not name). I wonder if I can find it somewhere to listen to it, finally.

  2. Mel »

    3 March 2009 · 7:54 pm

    Wow. State Pop song maybe. I know they’re “not from around these parts”, but .38 Special’s “Oklahoma” would’ve been a better fit (note the lack of exclamation and any reference to barley, carrots or pertaters).

  3. CGHill »

    23 April 2009 · 6:10 pm

    Oh, this is hilarious. Members of the State House apparently took umbrage because Lip Michael Ivins showed up once at the Capitol with a hammer-and-sickle design on his T-shirt, and voted down the Senate resolution (which had passed 46-0) to adopt the song. Governor Henry says he’ll issue an executive order anyway, resolution or no resolution.

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