Gov. Mary Fallin failed to renew an executive order keeping the Flaming Lips track the state's official rock song.
Oklahoma's governor has taken The Flaming Lips' "Do You Realize??" out of rotation, pulling the tune as the state's official rock song in a move her office says has more to do with priorities than musical taste.
Republican Mary Fallin passed on renewing an executive order that gave the Oklahoma rockers' song the designation when taking office in January 2011, the governor's office confirmed Friday. Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz said the governor had other more pressing priorities.
"When the governor was elected to office, we had a $500 million budget shortfall, we were in the middle of a recession, and we had a huge number of pardon and parole cases left over from the (former Gov. Brad) Henry administration," Weintz said. "As we were clearing our backlog, renewing executive orders and pursuing our priorities, addressing the state rock 'n' roll song did not make the cut."