state of the United States of America
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.

Oklahoma is nothing but vast wasteland. ~ Charles Barkley
I don't believe I ever saw an Oklahoman who wouldn't fight. ~ Robert E. Howard
Oklahoma, here I come! ~ Paul Westmoreland


  • I'm a real Sooner, an Oklahoman born and bred, and I love every inch of my state, from the rocky, bleak oil country to the lush greenness and urban excitement of the other areas I know. And few people realize that it's among the top five states in natural water resources. Oklahoma is many kinds of places, and I loved every one of them.
    • Anita Bryant, Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory (1970). Old Tappan: Fleming H. Revell Company, p. 35
  • You can call me what you want to
    But Okie is okay with me.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and 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.
  • 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.
  • I want to go back to Oklahoma.
    I'm happy there
    Living 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.
  • Oklahoma has just declared war against “furries” in the classroom. Oklahoma State Rep. Justin Humphrey recently introduced House Bill 3084, which prohibits furries from K-12 school campuses: “Students who purport to be an imaginary animal or animal species, or who engage in anthropomorphic behavior commonly referred to as furries at school shall not be allowed to participate in school curriculum or activities.” If students violate this rule, their parents will be asked to pick them up, and if they’re unavailable, “animal control services shall be contacted to remove the student.”
  • 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! A-yip-i-o-e-ay!
    We're only sayin'
    You're doin' fine, Oklahoma!

  • Got my ticket in my hand
    Gonna cross a lot of sand.
    Oklahoma here I come!
  • Bought a round-trip ride today,
    Throwed the come-back part away.
    Oklahoma's dear to me.
    • Paul Westmoreland, Oklahoma Bound.
  •   Encyclopedic article on Oklahoma on Wikipedia
  •   The dictionary definition of Oklahoma on Wiktionary
  •   Media related to Oklahoma on Wikimedia Commons
  •   Oklahoma travel guide from Wikivoyage