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{{infobox| image = [[CategoryFile:State Symbols]][[Category:Arts and Entertainment]][[Category:Government and Politics]][[Category:The Cold War and Civil Rights.]]}}<p>In 1969, the Ohio legislature adopted "&quot;Beautiful Ohio" &quot; as Ohio's state song. Mary Earl, whose real name was Robert A. "&quot;Bobo" &quot; King, composed the music. Ballard MacDonald wrote the original lyrics to the 1918 song. In 1989, with the permission of the Ohio legislature, Wilbert B. McBride altered the lyrics.</p>  <p>In his version, MacDonald describes a rather fanciful view of Ohio, describing it as a "&quot;paradise," &quot; where two people fell in love.</p>  <p>MacDonald's Lyricslyrics:</p> <pre style="font-size: 1.1em">Long, long time ago <br />Someone I know <br />Had a little red canoe, <br />In it room for only two. <br />Love found its start <br />Then in my heart, <br />And like a flower grew. <br /><br />CHORUS: <br /><br />Drifting with the current down a moonlit stream, <br />While above the Heavens in their glory gleam, <br />And the stars on high <br />Twinkle in the sky, <br />Seeming in a paradise of love divine, <br />Dreaming of a pair of eyes that looked in mine. <br />Beautiful Ohio, in dreams again I see Visions <br />Visons of what used to be.<em><br /></em></pre> <p>McBride also described Ohio in a stellar light, using terms like "&quot;majestic," "&quot; &quot;beautiful," &quot; and "&quot;lovely." &quot; In addition, He provided a more accurate portrayal of the state by referring to the state's industries, cities, and farmland, deleting MacDonald's lovers from the song.</p> <pre style="font-size: 1.1em">I sailed away; Wandered afar; Crossed the mighty restless sea; <br />Looked for where I ought to be. <br />Cities so grand, mountains above, <br />Led to this land I love. <br /><br />CHORUS: <br /><br />Beautiful Ohio, where the golden grain <br />Dwarf the lovely flowers in the summer rain. <br />Cities rising high, silhouette the sky. <br />Freedom is supreme in this majestic land; <br />Mighty factories seem to hum in tune, so grand. <br />Beautiful Ohio, thy wonders are in view, <br />Land where my dreams all come true!</pre> <p><strong>You may listen to each version of &quot;Beautiful Ohio&quot; using the consoles below. 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