Do You Realize??

Oklahoma State Rock Song

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South Mountain, Oklahoma

South Mountain, Wichita Mountains, Oklahoma; photo by Jonathan C. Wheeler on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Do You Realize??

by the Flaming Lips

"Do You Realize??" by the alternative rock band The Flaming Lips was designated the official state rock song of Oklahoma in March 2009.

Other nominees included "After Midnight" by Oklahoman J.J. Cale; "Never Been to Spain" by Hoyt Axon (recorded by Three Dog Night); and "Heartbreak Hotel" (co-written by former Oklahoma school teacher Mae Boren Axton and recorded by Elvis Presley).

The Oklahoma Legislature adopted a resolution in 2008 which outlined the voting process. The Oklahoma Historical Society conducted a competition to select the official state rock song and Oklahomans nominated 454 songs. From these a list of 10 songs were selected by a panel of experts. More than 21,000 voted online, with nearly 51 percent selecting "Do You Realize??" by The Flaming Lips from the finalists. (source: Associated Press Writer Ron Jenkins).

Lyrics

Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize - we're floating in space -
Do You Realize - that happiness makes you cry
Do You Realize - that everyone you know someday will die

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Do You Realize - Oh - Oh - Oh
Do You Realize - that everyone you know
Someday will die -

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize

 

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