“Oklahoma!” is the title song from the musical (by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II) This song appears after Curly and Laurey’s wedding. It is also reprised in some performances at the end or directly following the song.

Of all the tunes in the musical this is the most rousing and cheerful, employing the entire cast as a chorus. Before the familiar melody, various characters sing of the fruits of the land “gonna give you barley, carrots and pertaters”. It celebrates the beauty of the landscape and the joys of rural life:

They couldn’t pick a better time to start in life
It ain’t too early and it ain’t too late
Starting as a farmer with a brand new wife
Soon be living in a brand new state!
Brand new state, gonna treat you great!
Gonna give you barley, carrots and pertaters,
Pasture fer the cattle, spinach and termayters!
Flowers on the prairie where the Junebugs 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! Ayipioeeay!”
We’re only sayin’
“You’re doin’ fine, Oklahoma!”
Oklahoma O.K.

Edited by chancellor69 on 5 Mar 2007, 06:01

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