Oklahoma Picks State Rock Song

Oklahoma yesterday officially made Do You Realize? by The Flaming Lips its official state rock song. The group is from Oklahoma City and realized the tune in 2002. It joins Ohio, which as far as can be determined, is the only other state with an official state rock song, Hang On Sloopy.

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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.

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