Historical Analysis of the Soundtrack of Oklahoma

  • Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin
    • The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye (valid)
      • Corn grows to 14-16 ft
      • Elephants grow to 9-11
    • The breeze is so busy it don’t miss a tree (valid)
      • Wind wraps around objects, see bernoulli’s equation
  • The Surrey with the Fringe on Top
    • You will set behind a team of snow white horses (valid)
      • Snow white breeds did exist in 1906
        • Until 1999 they might have been identified as albino as per rule 227(j) from the American Quarter Horse Association.
    • When I take you out in the surrey with the fringe on top! (valid)
      • Surreys were around in the 19th and 20th century.
    • Nosey folks’ll peek through their shutters and their eyes will pop! (invalid)
      • There is no historical reference for people who were noses, and if there were, they wouldn’t survive long with their popping eyeballs
    • With isinglass curtains y’ can roll right down (unlikely)
      • While surreys often had tops, curtains were very uncommon
    • Cats and dogs’ll dance in the heather (invalid)
      • Cats and dogs are not know for dancing in the wild.
    • I can see the stars gettin’ blurry, (uhhh)
      • So Oklahoma is loosely lovecraftian, or the singer is about to be abducted.
  • Kansas City
    • I counted twenty gas buggies goin’ by theirsel’s (valid)
      • Mass production of the automobile started by 1900 in the US
    • ‘Nen I put my ear to a Bell Telephone and a strange womern started in to talk! (Valid)
      • By 1906 there were over 3 million phones in the US
      • Bell was a major phone manufacturer
      • Women were commonly switchboard operators in this era
    • Ev’rythin’s up to date in Kansas City (valid)
      • Kansas city boomed between 1890 and 1940 under the Pendergasts
      • Kansas city never enacted prohibition, so the city did very well
    • They went and built a skyscraper seven stories high (valid)
      • There was actually a 10 story building built in chicago in 1885, so 7 stories in 1906 wasn’t that impressive
    • Y’ c’n turn the radiator on whenever you want some heat. (Inconclusive?)
      • The heating radiator was invented in 1899 in russia. It’s possible that it spread to kansas city in 7 years, but maybe not?
    • You c’n walk to privies in the rain and never wet your feet! (Valid)
      • While indoor lavatories took quite a long time to become widespread in some places, somewhere as prosperous as Kansas City, absolutely would have had them
    • They got a big theayter they call a burlesque.Fer fifty cents you can see a dandy show. (valid)
      • Burlesque became popular in the US in the 1860s
      • 50c then is about 13 dollars now a days.
      • Unrelated: 1906 was a big year, HMS Dreadnought was launched, the magnetic south pole was discovered, SOS was established worldwide, and the opium trade was banned by China.
  • I Cain’t Say No
    • Nothing historical really in here…
  • Many a New Day
    • I’ll buy me a brand new dress to wear(valid)
      • In 1906 it was still likely that the dress would have been made for her, ready to wear clothing was just starting to become an option
      • The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire was in 1911
    • Never’ve I asked an August sky, “Where has last July gone?” (Valid)
      • August came after July before 1906
  • It’s a Scandal! It’s a Outrage!
    • Flick my cigar ashes on the rug, …, drink from a jug (valid)
      • There is a 10th century mayan pot depicting someone smoking a cigar
      • The term rug was first used in English in the 1550’s though the name came after the item
    • Dunk with a donut (Valid)
      • The donut was invented in 1847
  • People Will Say We’re in Love
    • Why do y’ take the trouble to bake my favorite pie? (Valid)
      • Pies were baked by the romans, also the crust was referred to as the coffyn.
  • Pore Jud Is Daid
    • Pore Jud is daid, (valid)
      • Death was invented before 1906
    • He’s layin’ in a cawfin made of wood (Valid)
      • The word coffin was first used in 1380
      • By 700 CE, in europe most people were buried in a shroud or a wooden box
    • But it’s summer and we’re running out of ice. (Valid)
      • Refrigerators for home use were invented in 1913.
  • Lonely Room
    • Nothing here to verify
  • Out of My Dreams
    • Still nothing
  • The Farmer and the Cowman
    • As long as everyone have always been horndogs, nothing to verify
  • All Er Nuthin’
    • I heard some things you couldn’t print in papers (valid)
      • The first newspaper in the US was in 1690, even though only one edition was published before being suppressed by the government
  • Oklahoma
    • Plen’y of room to swing a rope! (valid)
      • Rope has existed since at least 4000 BCE in egypt
      • Oklahoma does in fact have enough room to swing a rope in.
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