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"Oklahoma Hills" is a song written by Woody Guthrie Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time1 In 2001, the Oklahoma Legislature declared it to be the official state folk song

Jack Guthrie, Woody's cousin, changed the lyrics and music slightly and in 1945 recorded a Western swing version, which reached No 1 on the Juke Box Folk Records charts2 It remains the best-known version of "Oklahoma Hills", and was the biggest hit of Jack Guthrie's fairly short life Though Woody originated the song, the official Woody Guthrie website credits both him and Jack as its writers, perhaps because Jack's changes have become so well known

Country singer Hank Thompson, joined by His Brazos Valley Boys, recorded a well-known version of "Oklahoma Hills" in 1961 Thompson's Western swing rendition reached No 10 on the Billboard magazine Hot C&W Singles chart

Woody's son, Arlo Guthrie, recorded the song for his album Running Down the Road, released in 1969 by Warner Bros Records


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Way down yonder in the Indian nation I rode 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


Recordings of "Oklahoma Hills" have been made by these singers, among others:

  • Chet Atkins
  • Floyd Cramer
  • Gene Autry
  • Moe Bandy
  • Johnny Bond
  • Tommy Collins
  • The Dinning Sisters
  • Charlie Feathers
  • Arlo Guthrie
  • Jack Guthrie
  • Jimmy Lafave
  • Mary McCaslin
  • Country Joe McDonald
  • Michael J Miles
  • Michael Parks
  • Marvin Rainwater
  • Jim Reeves
  • The Reno Brothers
  • Carl Smith
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Kay Starr
  • James Talley
  • Hank Thompson
  • Ernest Tubb
  • T Texas Tyler
  • Ian Tyson
  • Jimmy Wakely
  • Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys


  1. ^ Western Writers of America 2010 "The Top 100 Western Songs" American Cowboy Archived from the original on 10 August 2014 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel 2004 The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition Record Research p 146 

External linksedit

  • Lyrics at woodyguthrieorg
  • Oklahoma Session Laws—Section 47 - Oklahoma State Folk Song; declaring "Oklahoma Hills" as the Oklahoma State Folk Song
Preceded by
"At Mail Call Today" by Gene Autry
Most Played Juke Box Folk Records
number one single by Jack Guthrie

July 28, 1945
Succeeded by
"You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often" by Tex Ritter

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