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song name Iowa
artist John Linnell
releases State Songs, TMBG Clock Radio
year 1999
first played November 14, 1999 (11 known performances)
run time 2:54
sung by John Linnell


  • Linnell told MTV News in 2000:[1]
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.

Song Themes

Animals, Bad English, Clothes, Colors, Onomatopoeia, References To Other Songs Or Musicians, Shapes, Size, Space, Supernatural, Trade Names, Transportation, US States


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Iowa is currently ranked #153 out of 1010. (64 wikians have given it an average rating of 8.86)