Oklahoma

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Oklahoma is a state located in the south-central region of the United States. Its nickname is the "Sooner State", and is part of a region commonly known as the American "Heartland." Oklahoma City is the state's capital and largest city. The Congressional Quarterly and Census report places Oklahoma in the Southern United States. Oklahoma became the 46th state in the Union on November 16th, 1907. Its residents are often called Okies.

Many displaced Oklahomans have expressed their desire to return to Oklahoma in song:

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  • You can call me what you want to
    But Okie is okay with me.
    • Zeke Clements, Oklahoma Blues
  • Going home to Oklahoma.
    Yes I am.
    Here's my train coming now
    I homeward bound.
    Yes, I'm going home today
    And I expect to stay.
    • Spade Cooley, All Aboard for Oklahoma
  • Got my ticket in my hand
    Gonna cross a lot of sand.
    Oklahoma here I come!
    • Paul Westmoreland, Oklahoma Bound
  • Bought a round-trip ride today,
    Throwed the come-back part away.
    Oklahoma's dear to me.
    • Paul Westmoreland, Oklahoma Bound
  • Oh, howl away you wild coyote,
    I hear your sad, your lonesome song.
    It's calling me to Oklahoma
    Back to those hills where I belong.
    • Jack Guthrie/Woody Guthrie, Oklahoma's Calling
  • Let me hear a coyote howl,
    Or a lonesome hound dog bay.
    Back to the heart of those lonesome hills
    I'm gonna be some day.
    For Oklahoma I'm yearning.
    • Jack Guthrie/Wava White, For Oklahoma, I'm Yearning
  • I'm gona settle down
    When I reach that city fair.
    I'm homeward bound
    And I Know I'll soom be there
    Where tall corn grows,
    And the black oil flows,
    In old O-K-L-A.
    • Jimmie Hall/Leon McAuliffe, Tulsa Straight Ahead
  • I want to go back to Oklahoma.
    I'm happy there
    Living next to the soil.
    • Billy Hughes, Next to the Soil
  • And now I'd like to settle down,
    In Oklahoma in my home town.
    • Leodie Jackson, Ramblin' Okie
  • But the sun in California
    Doen't shine one half as bright
    As the one Oklahoma,
    So I'm startin' back tonight.
    • Merl Lindsay, Lonesome Okie Goin' Home
  • I don't believe I ever saw an Oklahoman who wouldn't fight at the drop of a hat — and frequently drop the hat himself.

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