Penned by New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint under the pseudonym of "Naomi Neville," this song was originally recorded by former Meters vocalist Art Neville and Louisiana rock band The Uniques in the mid-1960s.
In 1976 former Uniques vocalist Joe Stampley covered this as a two-step tune. His new version topped the country chart for a single week. Toussaint commented on writing a #1 country hit: "I came up loving those saloon type of tinkling pianos... There was a lot of hillbilly music on the radio in my early days. More hillbilly than R&B."
Jazz singer John Boutte also recorded the song and he performed it at Alan Toussaint's memorial.
The Flaming Lips' "Do You Realize??" was named in March 2009 the official Rock Song of Oklahoma. Four years later, Oklahoma's governor Mary Fallin pulled the tune as the state's official rock song in a move her office said had more to do with priorities than musical taste.