OKLAHOMA CITY -- Move over, Matilda, the Oklahoma Senate has adopted an official state waltz.
Not wanting to fall behind neighboring Arkansas, which already has a state waltz, and realizing the Tennessee Waltz and the Missouri Waltz are standards, state senators Tuesday approved a resolution designating 'Oklahoma Wind' as the official waltz of Oklahoma.
If there were any doubters on the Senate floor, a performance by composer Dale Smith and daughter Jacqueline was the clincher. Sen. Don Cummins, D-Tulsa, who insisted on hearing the song before casting his vote, was a quick convert.
'I'd score that a 97. The words are understandable and it has a good beat,' he said.
Sen. John Dahl, D-Barnsdall, who authored the Senate resolution, complimented his colleague.
'I didn't think he (Cummins) understanded good music,' Dahl said.
Smith, who created the song 'By George' during Gov. George Nigh's 1978 election campaign and who composed 'Oklahoma's Will' for the centennial of Will Rogers' birth, said he composed 'Oklahoma Wind' for the state's Diamond Jubilee celebration.
Smith, manager of employee relations for the First National Bank of Bartlesville, said he will perform the song at celebrations throughout the Sooner state commemorating the 75th anniversary of statehood.
The Bartlesville resident said he has already received a copyright for the song and will record it with his daughter within the next six weeks.
Jacqueline, 26, completing her final year as a medical student at the University of Oklahoma's Health Sciences Center, accompanied her father on the guitar and added vocal support during the Capitol concert.
The refrain from 'Oklahoma Wind':
Oklahoma Wind, waltz me back home again,
Back where a friend is a friend.
Just a drifting cowboy singing my song,
I heard the wind call and I had to belong
To the land that was calling and growing up strong
In the wind.
'We waited for the signal to start the race,
All we had to do was to drive our stakes
In the land that was willing to give us a place
In the wind.