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In his version, MacDonald describes a rather fanciful view of Ohio, describing it as a "paradise," where two people fell in love.
lyrics: Long, long time agoSomeone I knowHad a little red canoe,In it room for only two.Love found its startThen in my heart,And like a flower grew.CHORUS:Drifting with the current down a moonlit stream,While above the Heavens in their glory gleam,And the stars on highTwinkle 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 Visons of what used to be.
McBride also described Ohio in a stellar light, using terms like "majestic," "beautiful," and "lovely." 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.
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.CHORUS: Beautiful Ohio, where the golden grainDwarf 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 in tune, so grand.Beautiful Ohio, thy wonders are in view,Land where my dreams all come true!