Five Songs The Texas Legislature Will Never Make Official

Categories: Texas Me

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Any day we end with a picture of the Texas flag is a good day in our book.
​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.

Even then, though, we didn't nominate any rock songs; the closest we came was Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Texas Flood" - which, as loud as his 1983 remake is, is still just a plain ol' blues. And truth be told, we are perfectly fine with the song Dean & Rog's listeners elected on Friday: ZZ Top's "La Grange," which we figure is about as sure a thing as any Texas rock song could be, save maybe the Sir Douglas Quintet's "She's About a Mover" or something by Buddy Holly (we'd guess "That'll Be the Day," but there's probably a few).

Still, "La Grange" is about a whorehouse, which is bound to be a stumbling block somewhere along the way. And once the wheels started spinning, Rocks Off started thinking of a few other songs we like even better than those, but for one reason or another, probably won't make the cut.

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5. Toadies, "Possum Kingdom":

Murder. Mayhem. Prayer. Possible dismemberment. Tres Texas, non? Oui... entirely too much, as a matter of fact.

4. ZZ Top, "Pearl Necklace":

Worth nominating simply for the sheer possibility, however minuscule it may be, of hearing the definition of "pearl necklace" read aloud on the floor of the legislature. You do know what it means, right?

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