OKLAHOMA HILLS

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  • OKLAHOMA HILLS
    “Oklahoma Hills” is a song written by Woody Guthrie. Leon “OkeGuthrie, Woody’s
    cousin, later improved the lyrics and music and in 1945 recorded a Western swing
    version. Leon’s version is the most well known and most recorded. Country singer Hank
    Thompson, joined by His Brazos Valley Boys, also recorded a well-known version of
    “Oklahoma Hills.” Thompson’s western swing rendition reached No. 10 on the Billboard
    magazine Hot C&W Singles chart in 1961. In 2001 the Oklahoma State Legislature
    declared Woody’s version the official state folk song.
    Many a month has come and gone
    Since I’ve wandered from my home
    In those Oklahoma hills
    Where I was born
    Many a page of my life has turned
    Many lessons I have learned
    And I feel like in those hills
    Where I belong
    (chorus)
    Way down yonder in the Indian nation
    Ridin’ my pony on the reservation
    In the Oklahoma hills where I was born
    Way down yonder in the Indian nation
    A cowboy’s life is my occupation
    In the Oklahoma Hills where I was born
    But as I sit here today
    Many mile’s I am away
    From the place I rode my pony
    Through the draw
    Where the oak and black-jack trees
    Kiss the playful prairie breeze
    And I feel back in those hills
    Where I belong
    CHORUS
    Now as I turn life a page
    To the land of the great Osage
    In those Oklahoma hills
    Where I was born
    Where the black oil rolls and flows
    And the snow white cotton grows
    And I feel like in those hills
    Where I belong