If Time Is The Loneliest People

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Did you know Ohio has an official state rock song?

In 1985, the Ohio General Assembly approved “Hang on Sloopy” as Ohio’s official rock song. The Ohio General Assembly adopted an official rock song after Joe Dirck, a columnist for the Columbus Citizen-Journal, wrote a column about the State of Washington considering the adoption of its own rock song. The Ohio General Assembly responded by making “Hang on Sloopy” Ohio’s rock song.

I can’t believe 23 years have gone by before I found out. Here’s the best part of the resolution passed by the legislators of Ohio:

WHEREAS, Sloopy lives in a very bad part of town, and everybody, yeah, tries to put my Sloopy down; and

WHEREAS, Sloopy, I don’t care what your daddy do, ’cause you know, Sloopy girl, I’m in love with you; therefore be it Resolved, That we, the members of the 116th General Assembly of Ohio, in adopting this Resolution, name “Hang On Sloopy” as the official rock song of the State of Ohio; and be it further Resolved, That the Legislative Clerk of the House of Representatives transmit duly authenticated copies of this Resolution to the news media of Ohio.

There’s an official movement for Oklahoma to follow suit, while a blogger in Madison suggested some potential state rock songs for Wisconsin. But nothing for my beloved home state. (Though I have long held that the national anthem should be “Land of a Thousand Dances.”)

All that ends now. I hereby propose that New Hampshire’s official state rock song should be “Disco Lazy Time” by Indonesian pop sensation Nidji:

Aside from being catchy as hell, this song has possibly the greatest nonsensical lyrics since “Louie Louie”:

Wake me up tonight
Drive me to the town
Sleep with me tonight
She’s my lovely wine
Nothing is forever
Nothing is for real
Do you have to leave me
Why don’t you just kill me

If time is the loneliest people
Then life is the loneliest time
If time is the loneliest people
This is disco laziest time
I want you, I need you

If you’re looking for why a band from Indonesia should supply the state rock song for New Hampshire, I can only offer a very tenuous connection: the Jakarta-based blogger who introduced me to this amazing song, Kopi Susu 2, once lived in New Hampshire. That’s good enough for me.

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