Oklahoma Picks State Rock Song
ROBERT SIEGEL, host:
Yesterday it became official: the song "Do You Realize?" by the Flaming Lips became the official state rock song of Oklahoma.
(Soundbite of song "Do You Realize?")
THE FLAMING LIPS (Band): (Singing) Do you realize that everyone you know someday will die?
MICHELE NORRIS, host:
The Flaming Lips, perhaps best known for their off-the-wall stage theatrics, may be a strange fit for Oklahoma. But that doesn't make the story any less true. Here's Governor Brad Henry.
Governor BRAD HENRY (Oklahoma): Whereas the Flaming Lips formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma... And for more than a quarter century they have crafted startlingly original... And whereas "Do You Realize?" is a... And whereas in a vote to name the state of Oklahoma's official rock song... And whereas family is central to the Oklahoma way of life...
SIEGEL: For the record, Ohio also has an official song. It's "Hang on Sloopy." Most states don't have an official rock song, though there have been a few close calls.
NORRIS: "Louie, Louie" almost became the official song of the state of Washington.
(Soundbite of song "Louie, Louie")
SIEGEL: But the "Louie, Louie" movement ultimately and inexplicably fell short. It was unable to unseat "Washington, My Home."
NORRIS: Definitely not a rock song.
(Soundbite of song "Washington, My Home")
Unidentified People: (Singing) Washington, my home, wherever I may roam, this is my land, my native land, Washington, my home.
SIEGEL: And this is NPR, National Public Radio.