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|releases||State Songs, TMBG Clock Radio|
|first played||November 14, 1999 (11 known performances)|
|sung by||John Linnell|
- Linnel told MTV News in 2000:
Each state has a rhythm to its name, so I would try out different states with melodies. There's a sound that Iowa has that fits the story of a witch.
- The line "And if that broom don't fly / I'm gonna buy you / a Dustbuster" is a play on the traditional lullaby "Hush, Little Baby," which contains variations on the line "And if that mockingbird don't sing / Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring."
- From the State Songs liner notes:
Iowa's symbols betray an unselfconscious simplicity. Nickname: Corn State. Flower: Rose. Tree: Oak.
- During shows, the song is performed at a faster pace, with Dan Miller playing the organ part on the guitar during the verses, and Mark Donato performing a harmonica solo during the bridge. However, the song was played the same way as on the album at the December 11, 1999 show with Bob Stuhmer on the Wurlitzer band organ.
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