Texas Music

Five Songs The Texas Legislature Will Never Make Official

A while back, Rocks Off wrote about how, thanks to a combination of personal taste and certain technological twists of fate, our listening options at the office are somewhat limited. Quite limited, really: Basically The Arrow or The Eagle - or silence, once we cannot stand to hear "Rocky Mountain Way" or "Give a Little Bit" even one more time.

Once in a while, however, it pays off when Rocks Off hears something that not only interests or intrigues us, but even compels us to chime in our own two cents. And so it was a week or two ago, when Eagle morning team Dean & Rog started making noises about how Texas should have its own official state rock song the way Ohio does with the McCoys' "Hang On Sloopy."

Although Rocks Off wouldn't go so far as to even call "Sloopy" a rock song - Rick Derringer or not, it's always sounded like dippy '60s pop to us - we find nothing wrong with the idea at all. In fact, during a fit of Go Texan pride a couple of years ago, we wrote that it's probably time for Texas to update its official state song from "Texas, Our Texas," written in 1912 and very much a product of its time.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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