special lyrics by Wilbert B.
Composed by Mary Earl
Crossed the mighty restless sea;
Looked for where I ought to be.
Cities so grand, mountains
Led to this land I love.
Beautiful Ohio, where the golden
Dwarf the lovely flowers in the
Cities rising high, silhouette
Freedom is supreme in this
Mighty factories seem to hum in
tune, so grand.
Beautiful Ohio, thy wonders are
Land where my dreams all come
Original Chorus as written by
Drifting with the current down a
While above the Heavens in their
And the stars on high
Twinkle in the sky
Seeming in a paradise of love
Dreaming of a pair of eyes that
looked in mine
Beautiful Ohio, in dreams again
Visions of what used to be.
"Beautiful Ohio" became the state
song in 1989. The music was composed
by Mary Earl, and the original
lyrics were written by Ballard
MacDonald. In 1989, the Ohio
legislature adopted an amendment to
section 5.09 of the Ohio Revised
Code that changed the words of the
state song. The new lyrics are the
work of Youngstown attorney Wilbert
McBride. Ohio Revised Code
describing the state song: (1989 S
33, eff. 11-6-89; 1989 H 457)
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