Not Arizona, either

Now that we have an Official State Rock Song, we need a few other categories filled in, says Carrie Coppernoll, and one of them is karaoke:

“Never Been to Spain” written by Hoyt Axton and performed by Three Dog Night. If you’ve ever been to a karaoke bar, you know nobody can resist singing along to the famous lines, “I’ve never been to Heaven. But I’ve been to Oklahoma.” Even if you hate Oklahoma, you can’t help but sing along.

My own experience with karaoke suggests that this is not an area where we ought to get involved.

More to the point, Axton’s original lyric, modified by Three Dog Night and seemingly everyone since, contained this possibly-arguable line: “In Oklahoma, born in a coma, what does it matter?” Never heard anybody sing it that way at Amateur Night.

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