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Video: Johannah Walker "Oklahoma Strong," dedicated to those affected by Moore tornado

by Brandy McDonnell Published: May 24, 2013

University of Oklahoma student Johannah Walker uploaded a video of her strumming and singing her original song “Oklahoma Strong” to YouTube on Wednesday, just two days after the EF5 tornado ravaged Moore.

The song is about the devastating twister and Walker has dedicated to all the people of Moore.

“My heart is with my home away from home and all those affected by the tornadoes,” she writes on YouTube. “I’m so humbled by the teachers who protected so many children, the first responders that were on the scene immediately, and all the volunteers who are there helping. Make sure to keep sending prayers and donations their way.”

See her “Oklahoma Strong” lyrics after the break.

“Oklahoma Strong” Lyrics:

All it took was 30 minutes
Turned a city upside-down
A hundred years of memories destroyed
Along with half a town
There were children stuck in buildings
How were parents supposed to know
That when they said ‘bye’ that morning
There kid wasn’t coming home

All it took was 30 minutes
A whole state rose to their feet
Digging people out of rubble
First responders hit the scene
Some of them with loved ones missing
They had battles of their own
But they saw the needs of others
And unto the call they rose

With the heart of a lion
They’re resilience at it’s best
Volunteers lined up for miles
All with hearts to serve the rest
In the wake of disaster
They still trust His master plan
Cause though they’re down
They known they won’t be down for long
Oklahoma strong

All it took was 30 minutes
Changed the lives they used to know
They could have focused on the pain
Instead they focused on the hope
So many came out to help
That they had to turn some away
Schools and churches opened doors for those
Whose homes had blown away


They put the heart in the heartland
They’re their own beacon of hope
They’re strong
They lift up their fellow man
Even those they do not know
They’re strong



by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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