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<p>In his version, MacDonald describes a rather fanciful view of Ohio, describing it as a "paradise," where two people fell in love. 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.</p>
<div>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<br />Visons of what used to be.
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<div>I sailed away;<br /> Wandered afar; <br />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! </div>