An ionOklahoma Online educational presentation. George Nigh was a newly elected state legislator when he got the idea that Oklahoma could benefit from the popularity of the Broadway musical Oklahoma! by adopting the popular song as the state song. His resolution, if passed, would replace the current state song entitled, Oklahoma, a Toast, which was written in 1905 by Harriet Parker Camden, from Kingfisher, OK, and adopted as the state song in 1935. Governor Nigh recalls how it happened at the state capitol.