In 1969, the Ohio Legislature adopted “Beautiful Ohio” as Ohio’s state song. Mary Earl, whose real name was Robert A. King, composed the music in 1918, while Ballard MacDonald wrote the original lyrics.
In 1989, with the permission of the Ohio Legislature, Wilbert B. McBride altered the lyrics.
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 in tune, so grand.
Beautiful Ohio, thy wonders are in view,
Land where my dreams all come true!