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"Beautiful Ohio" is the official song of the US State of Ohio1


  • 1 History
  • 2 Modern use
  • 3 Original lyrics
  • 4 1989 lyrics
  • 5 Notes
  • 6 External links


The first lyrics were written in 1918 by Ballard MacDonald and the music by Robert A "Bobo" King, who used the pseudonym Mary Earl2 The melody is partly based on "Song of India" by Rimsky-Korsakov and "Beautiful Dreamer" by Stephen Foster The original 1918 publication also featured a second obbligato voice using the tune Love's Old Sweet Song3

A bill passed by the Ohio General Assembly in 1969 made it the state's official song, and in 1989 adopted an amendment to section 509 of the Ohio Revised Code which changed the original words to a new set, written by Wilbert McBride4

"Beautiful Ohio" was originally written as a love song by Ballard MacDonald whose lyrics depict a "paradise of love divine" When McBride rewrote the lyrics for the 1989 version, he gave a much more accurate portrayal of Ohio by including things such as the state's cities and factories rather than two imaginary lovers5

Modern useedit

Though "Beautiful Ohio" was originally written as a waltz, one version of the song is a march, arranged by Richard Heine It is commonly performed by The Ohio State University Marching Band when traveling, including their appearance in the 2005 Inaugural Parade of President George W Bush6 and at the 2009 Inauguration of President Barack Obama7

The original waltz version of the song is performed by the All Ohio State Fair Band which holds shows multiple times a day during the Ohio State Fair at the beginning of every performance

Original lyricsedit

Long, long time ago
Someone I know
Had a little red canoe,
In it room for only two
Love found its start
Then in my heart,
And like a flower grew


Drifting with the current down a moonlit stream,
While above the Heavens in their glory gleam,
And the stars on high
Twinkle in the sky,
Seeming in a paradise of love divine,
Dreaming of a pair of eyes that looked in mine
Beautiful Ohio, in dreams again I see
Visions of what used to be9

1989 lyricsedit

I sailed away;
Wandered afar;
Crossed the mighty restless sea;
Looked for where I ought to be
Cities so grand, mountains above,
Led to this land I love


Beautiful Ohio, where the golden grain
Dwarf the lovely flowers in the summer rain
Cities rising high, silhouette the sky
Freedom is supreme in this majestic land;
Mighty factories seem to hum a tune, so grand
Beautiful Ohio, thy wonders are in view,
Land where my dreams all come true!


  1. ^ From 50statescom list of US "official" state songs1
  2. ^ Ohio History Central web site 2
  3. ^ Available on IMSLPorg 3
  4. ^ 50Statescom 4
  5. ^ Ohio History Central web site 5
  6. ^ Script Ohio, Evolution Kappa Kappa Psi, Eta Chapter, 2004
  7. ^ More information on the band's use of the song 6
  8. ^ 1989 Ohio law7
  9. ^ Ohio History Central 8

External linksedit

  • Streamed recordings of "Beautiful Ohio" as a waltz at the Ohio History Central Online Encyclopedia
  • Mp3 files of "Beautiful Ohio" as a march being played by The Ohio State University Marching Band

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