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"Wakko's America" is a song from Episode 21 of Animaniacs. Like "Yakko's World," it is a geographical patter song, this one listing each of the United States of America and their respective capitals. The song is framed as Wakko's answer to a "Jeopardy!" Daily Double question asked in a lesson taught by Miss Flamiel. Even though the answer is technically correct, Miss Flamiel apologizes & says that it's incorrect because Wakko forgot to phrase his answer in the form of a question. The music is "Turkey in the Straw," with lyrics written by Randy Rogel.

Lyrics[]

Wakko:
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Indianapolis, Indiana,
And Columbus is the capital of Ohio,
There's Montgomery, Alabama, south of Helena, Montana,
Then there's Denver, Colorado under Boise, Idaho.
Texas has Austin, then we go north,
To Massachusetts' Boston and Albany, New York.
Tallahassee, Florida, and Washington, D.C.,
Santa Fe, New Mexico and Nashville, Tennessee.
Elvis used to hang out there a lot, you know.
Trenton's in New Jersey, north of Jefferson, Missouri,
You've got Richmond in Virginia, South Dakota has Pierre,
Harrisburg's in Pennsylvania, and Augusta's up in Maine,
And here is Providence, Rhode Island next to Dover, Delaware.
Concord, New Hampshire, just a quick jaunt
To Montpelier, which is up in Vermont.
Hartford's in Connecticut, so pretty in the fall.
And Kansas has Topeka, Minnesota has St. Paul.
Juneau's in Alaska, and there's Lincoln in Nebraska,
And it's Raleigh out in North Carolina, and then,
There's Madison, Wisconsin and Olympia in Washington,
Phoenix, Arizona and Lansing, Michigan.
Here's Honolulu, Hawaii's a joy,
Jackson, Mississippi and Springfield, Illinois,
South Carolina with Columbia down the way
And Annapolis in Maryland on Chesapeake Bay.
They have wonderful clam chowder.
Cheyenne is in Wyoming, and perhaps you'd make your home in
Salt Lake City out in Utah, where the buffalo roam.
Atlanta's down in Georgia, and there's Bismarck, North Dakota,
And you can live in Frankfort in your old Kentucky home.
Salem in Oregon, from there we join
Little Rock in Arkansas, Iowa's got Des Moines,
Sacramento, California, Oklahoma and its city,
Charleston, West Virginia and Nevada, Carson City!
That's all the capitals there are!

Trivia[]

  • Even if Wakko had phrased his answer in the form of a question, it wouldn’t have mattered, as the song is almost two minutes long and contestants on Jeopardy only get about 10 seconds to answer. Of course, Jeopardy would not normally give a clue requiring a full one hundred answers with such a time limit in place.
  • In the July 15, 2019 episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, a parody of the song is performed by "Wakko" (not voiced by Jess Harnell) to give a geography lesson to then-U.S. president Donald Trump. It can be viewed here.

Errors[]

This song does have a few errors:

  • The Jeopardy clue introducing the song misspells "capital" as "capitol." A capital is a city that is the seat of government for a political entity (country, state, province, etc.) A capitol is the building in which a legislature meets to make laws for their respective political entity.
  • It is stated that Providence, Rhode Island and Dover, Delaware are next to each other, though they are separated by nearly 300 miles and three states.
  • The song also lists Washington, D.C. as a state capital. The city of Washington, D.C. is not part of any of the states, much less the capital of one, and is instead the nation's capital. However, on January 3, 2019, the 116th Congress introduced the Washington, D.C., Admission Act (which grants Washington D.C. admission into the Union and make it the first and only city-state). The bill was reintroduced on January 4, 2021 and January 9, 2023 in the 117th and 118th Congress. Only time will tell if it will ever become law. Once it does, the song will be more accurate.
  • Though technically passable, Jefferson City, Missouri is almost never referred to as just "Jefferson".
  • Trenton is more East of Jefferson City than North of it.
  • Wakko pronounces South Dakota's capital, Pierre, with the French pronunciation to rhyme with the next line, while it is actually pronounced "peer."
  • In terms of cuisine, Maryland is more well-known for crabs than clam chowder, which is associated with New England.
  • There are also a few animation errors:
    • When Wakko mentions Michigan, its upper peninsula does not light up.
    • Most of Massachusetts' coastline is missing at several points through the song.
    • When Wakko points to Tennessee, it is very close to Texas. Immediately afterwards, when Wakko says "Elvis used to hang out there a lot, you know," Tennessee is back in its normal place.
    • Between the first and second verses, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont are shown as one state on the board.
    • When Wakko swims to Arizona, Wyoming has a star where the Wind River Reservation is.
    • Near the end of the third verse, Illinois is seen bordering Tennessee, but when Wakko says "They have wonderful clam chowder," this error is fixed.
    • When Wakko names Maryland, the shapes of New York and Pennsylvania are distorted, and New York is missing its star.
    • The capital star for Cheyenne, Wyoming disappears when Wakko mentions Salt Lake City, Utah.
      • Colorado and New Mexico are also shown as one state.

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