For the musical, see Oklahoma!. For the musical 1955 film, see Oklahoma (1955 film)
Oklahoma is the 20th most extensive and the 28th most populous of the 50 United States. The state's name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning "red people". It is also known informally by its nickname, The Sooner State, in reference to the non-Native settlers who staked their claims on the choicest pieces of land prior to the official opening date, and the Indian Appropriations Act of 1889, which opened the door for white settlement in North America's Indian Territory. Its residents are often called Okies or Oklahomans.
== Quotes ==
Oklahoma is nothing but vast wasteland; no place for black people... The Oklahoma Sooners and the Hornets are the only brothers in town.
Charles Barkley, as quoted in "Barkley: Oklahoma a vast wasteland" (10 February 2006), by Andrew Gilman, The OklahomanYou can call me what you want toBut Okie is okay with me.
Zeke Clements, Oklahoma BluesGoing home to Oklahoma.Yes I am.Here's my train coming nowI homeward bound.Yes, I'm going home todayAnd I expect to stay.
Spade Cooley, All Aboard for OklahomaMet this lady in Oklahoma; put that pussy in a coma.
Joseph Foreman, "Crazy Rap" (2000)Oh, howl away you wild coyote,I hear your sad, your lonesome song.It's calling me to OklahomaBack to those hills where I belong.
Jack Guthrie and Woody Guthrie, Oklahoma's Calling.Let me hear a coyote howl,Or a lonesome hound dog bay.Back to the heart of those lonesome hillsI'm gonna be some day.For Oklahoma I'm yearning.
Jack Guthrie and Wava White, For Oklahoma, I'm Yearning.I'm gona settle down When I reach that city fair.I'm homeward boundAnd I Know I'll soom be thereWhere tall corn grows,And the black oil flows,In old O-K-L-A.
Jimmie Hall and Leon McAuliffe, Tulsa Straight Ahead.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.
Robert E. Howard in a letter to H. P. Lovecraft, July 13, 1932.I want to go back to Oklahoma.I'm happy thereLiving 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 CaliforniaDoen't shine one half as brightAs the one Oklahoma,So I'm startin' back tonight.
Merl Lindsay, Lonesome Okie Goin' Home.Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plainAnd the wavin' wheat, can sure smell sweetWhen the wind comes right behind the rain.Oklahoma, ev'ry night my honey lamb and ISit alone and talk, and watch a hawkMakin' lazy circles in the sky.We know we belong to the land,And the land we belong to is grand!And when we sayYeeow! A-yip-i-o-e-ay!We're only sayin'You're doin' fine, Oklahoma!
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, OklahomaGot my ticket in my handGonna 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.
== External links ==
Encyclopedic article on Oklahoma at Wikipedia
The dictionary definition of oklahoma at Wiktionary
Oklahoma travel guide from Wikivoyage