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Oklahoma, a Fly Over State

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Fly Over States, a song by Jason Aldean

 

A couple of guys in first class on a flight

From New York to Los Angeles

Kinda making small talk killin' time

Flirting with the flight attendants

Thirty thousand feet above, could be Oklahoma

 

Just a bunch of square cornfields and wheat farms

Man, it all looks the same

Miles and miles of back roads and highways

Connecting little towns with funny names

Who'd want to live down there, in the middle of nowhere

 

They've never drove through Indiana

Met the man who plowed that earth

Planted that seed, busted his ass for you and me

Or caught a harvest moon in Kansas

They'd understand why God made

Those fly over states

 

I bet that mile long Santa Fe

Freight train engineer's seen it all

Just like that flatbed cowboy

Stacking US Steel on a three day haul

Roads and rails under their feet

Yeah, that sounds like a first class seat

 

On the plains of Oklahoma

With a windshield sunset in your eyes

Like a watercolored painted sky

You'll think heavens doors have opened

You'll understand why God made

Those fly over states

 

Take a ride across the badlands

Feel that freedom on your face

Breathe in all that open space

Meet a girl from Amarillo

You'll understand why God made

You might even wanna plant your stakes

In those fly over states

 

Have you ever been through Indiana

On the plains of Oklahoma

Take a ride.

 

I'm born and raised in Oklahoma, and so far, have lived here my entire life. Like many other states, we've faced our share of sorrows. The first home grown terrorism took place here in Oklahoma City where our federal building was blown up, and many innocent people were killed including children, who played innocently in it's daycare center. Long before that, our state suffered thru The Great Depression and The Dust Bowl Days...our residents misery captured in the movie The Grapes of Wrath as many Okie's traveled to California for a better life.

 

We're known as living in The Bible Belt and Tornado Alley which one breeds the other. You can't live thru weeks of nightly tornado warnings without having a faith in something greater than yourself.

 

It's people are proud, hard working and very friendly. We have mountains, rivers, and lakes ...areas that originally provided homes for native American's and the pioneers who came here for free land and raced across the prairies on the day of the great Land Run. We're known as the Sooner State for those settlers who tried to stake their claim before the prearranged time.

 

We have operas and ballet, bluegrass and jazz. We have it all here, in this state I call home.

 

So, as the song says, take a ride and discover Oklahoma.

  

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Taken on July 1, 2012