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"O-O-O-KLAHOMA..." - Popular Broadway tune heard during the final moments of the successful comedy series THE BOB NEWHART SHOW/CBS/1972-78.


As it slowly faded into television history, the cast of the show began to sing the Rodgers-Hammerstein classic Broadway show song "Oklahoma!"

The series was about the domestic and professional misadventures of a Chicago psychologist Robert Hartley (Bob Newhart) and his wife, Emily (Suzanne Pleshette).

On the final episode #142 "Happy Trails to You" (aired April 1, 1978) Bob Hartley announces that he has accepted a position as a professor at a small college in Oregon.

As their friends gather in the Hartley apartment one last time, Emily Hartley suddenly realized just how much she was going to miss all of her friends.

To help deal with the grief of the moment, Emily begins to sing Oklahoma. It was her habit to sing a song when unhappy, and this was the perfect occasion to let loose with some musical merriment.

As Emily began singing the lyrics, the rest of her friends slowly joined in, as well. The lyrics to the classic song are listed below for anyone else who might be predisposed to belt out a show tune.

(Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein (1943)

They couldn't pick a better time to start in life,
It ain't too early and it ain't too late.
Startin' as a farmer with a brand-new wife
Soon be livin' in a brand-new state!
Brand-new state
Gonna treat you great!

Gonna give you barley,
Carrots and pertaters
Pasture fer the cattle
Spinach and termayters!
Flowers on the prairie where the June bugs zoom
Plen'y of air and plen'y of room
Plen'y of room to swing a rope,
Plen'y of heart and plen'y of hope.

Where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain
And the wavin' wheat
Can sure smell sweet
When the wind comes right behind the rain
Every 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;
Ee-ee-ow! A-yip-i-o-ee-ay!
We're only sayin',
You're doin' fine, Oklahoma!
Oklahoma, O.K.!

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