Hang On Sloopy Officially Recognized as Ohio's State Rock Song, TBDBITL Rocks the Statehouse to Celebrate

By Jason Priestas on May 7, 2014 at 7:51p

Ohio House Bill 283 passed 82-0 Wednesday, which means you're now telling the truth when you brag that the official State Rock Song of Ohio is Hang On Sloopy.

Although designated in 1985, Hang On Sloopy was nowhere be found in the state's Revised Code. HB283 remedies that (well, just as soon as the Senate rubber-stamps it), and The Ohio State University Marching Band was there to see it through:


In the video above, TBDBITL enters the chamber at 30:20, prompting scattered OH–IOs before a resolution was read, honoring the band for its killer 2013, which included more than 40 million YouTube views, appearances on 1,000 media outlets across the globe and a cameo in an iPad commercial.

At 52:35 of the video, the bill, including lyrics, is read with great skill on the House floor:

To enact section 5.092 of the Revised Code to designate "Hang on Sloopy," which includes the following lyrics, as the official state rock song: Hang on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on; Sloopy lives in a very bad part of town; All the girls I know they try to put my Sloopy down; Sloopy, I don't care what your daddy do; Don't you know little girl, I'm in love with you; Sloopy, let your hair down, let it down on me; Come on Sloopy let your hair down, Girl it down on me.

Just another great day to be an Ohioan, really.


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BoFuquel's picture

Rick and The Raiders. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

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BGBOY's picture

I saw them as The Rick Z Combo when they played to open the A&W in Union City, OH in about 1960 or so. A few years ago I was in Beijing and went to the Hard Rock . Up on the wall behind me was a guitar from none other than Rick Zehringer (Derringer).

You can tune a piano but you can't tuna fish.

jpbuckeye's picture

Thanks for that factoid BG. I knew he played with Edgar/Johnny Winter, Steely Dan, and Todd Rundgren as I listened to them a lot back in the day.

What a proud moment for TBDBITL and all of us. The govt. finally got something right. :-)

BGBOY's picture

He also played with Weird Al.

You can tune a piano but you can't tuna fish.

jpbuckeye's picture

Maybe Rick should have been in one of the brackets during the 11W battle for best Ohio bred celeberties. Maybe next year...oh wait Warren G Harding has that one wrapped up. The fix WILL be in; mark my words. :-)

Nutbuck1959's picture

I went to BG with Rick's little brother Rob from Wapak in the late 70's-early 80's. Cool dude.

Waltbuck's picture

Its good to be TBDBITL

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BroJim's picture

Proud day to be a Buckeye!

I season my simple food with hunger

dan_isaacs's picture

Shocked that it wasn't official already.  Since I was a child it has been known.

Dan Isaacs

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Crumb's picture

Never have I sung 'Hang On Sloopy' with as much heart and soul as I did at the 2012 edition of The War. Love that song, and singing it at the Shoe is a unique experience that every Buckeye fan should have at least once in their life.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

Hovenaut's picture

I'm going to have that song in my head all day, just as The Pride of The Buckeyes perform it.

Already smiling.

Nutbuck1959's picture

I had always thought it already was the official rock song. Guess I was wrong.

OSU2002Grad's picture

Silly political pandering. I love the melody, but does anybody find the actual lyrics to be a bit disturbing?

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MordenoftheSith's picture

No more disturbing than Sweet Caroline from Neil Diamond, which was written about Caroline Kennedy when she was at the sweet age of 11.

If you only knew the POWER of the Dark Side.

jpbuckeye's picture

Was Sweet Caroline the anthem at Penn State?

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Michael Citro's picture

Sloopy forever.


THEOSUfan's picture

I live in Amish country.  We get tourists from all over the region, including NW Ohio.  Some of those people up there have been deceieved and led astray.  They are fans of the  Corn and Bruised.

Last summer I was at a local meat and cheese tourist place, and parked  just as a car with Ohio plates from Toledo parked right in front me.  That car had a block M with "Go Blue" on its rear window.  I slipped in my TBDBITL CD and began blasting "Hang on Sloopy".  The guy got out of the car, stared at me for a second, shook his head, and went into the store.

Best thing about "Hang on Sloopy"? It irritates the heck out those traitors.  :)

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ibuck's picture

It's fantastic to consider this: The state that boasts the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has now enshrined that song as the official state rock song. And it's due to TBDBITL's adoption of the song, thanks to the efforts of band members John Tatgenhorst and Paul Svec in the mid 1960's. 

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I thought it already was official.  Guess it wasn't on the books.  It's now officially official for Hurry Up Sloopy.

Err Hang On Sloopy...sorry, had a Curt Gowdy moment.

Class of 2010.

pdan46's picture

And it is now my Ringtone!

MauricXe's picture

I really hate this song.