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song name Arkansas
artist John Linnell
releases State Songs, TMBG Clock Radio
year 1999
first played October 26, 1999 (14 known performances)
run time 3:27
sung by John Linnell


  • The story of someone creating an exact replica of Arkansas as a ship.
  • US Navy ships are often named after states, and there have been four designated USS Arkansas. The most notable of these was the USS Arkansas (BB-33), which served in both World Wars and was destroyed in a nuclear weapons test. However, none of these ships have been the same size or shape of Arkansas, as such a project would be extremely difficult to build, and probably wouldn't float.
  • By naval tradition, one refers to ships using feminine pronouns (thus, "her colors" in the song).
  • The song refers to the coast of Arkansas. Arkansas is a landlocked state and has no coastline.
  • From the State Songs liner notes:
Arkansas, the Natural State, is also called the Land of Opportunity. The Official State Gemstone is the Diamond.

Song Themes

Colors, Oxymorons, Paradoxes, And Contradictory Statements, Numbers, Questions, Sailing, Shapes, Swing Feel, US States, Water


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