Statehood Day: Beautiful Ohio

On this day in 1803 Ohio became a state. To celebrate we are looking at the state song, “Beautiful Ohio.”

The song was written in 1919. In 1969 it was adopted as the official state song. In 1989 the government decided to modernize the lyrics.

5.09 State song.
The song, “Beautiful Ohio,” is hereby adopted as the official song of the state, the lyric being written by Ballard MacDonald, with special lyrics by Wilbert B. McBride, and the music being composed by Mary Earl. The special lyrics are as follows:
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!

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