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Indiana State Song:

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Video above is a movie clip ("Excerpts From The Movie Al Jolson - Scotty Beckett"); in the beginning, a young Al Jolson sings the chorus of On the Wabash Far Away. See All State Songs - National Anthem.

"On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away"

by Paul Dresser

Round my Indiana homestead wave the cornfields,
In the distance loom the woodlands clear and cool,
Oftentimes my tho'ts revert to scenes of childhood,
Where I first received my lessons - nature's school.
But one thing there is missing in the picture,
Without her face it seems so incomplete,
I long to see my mother in the doorway,
As she stood there years ago, her boy to greet.

CHORUS:

Oh, the moonlight's fair tonight along the Wabash,
From the fields there comes the breath of new-mown hay,
Through the sycamores the candle lights are gleaming,
On the banks of the Wabash, far away.
Many years have passed since I strolled by the river,
Arm in arm, with sweetheart Mary by my side,
It was there I tried to tell her that I loved her,
It was there I begged of her to be my bride.
Long years have passed since I strolled thro' the churchyard.
She's sleeping there, my angel, Mary dear,
I loved her, but she thought I didn't mean it,
Still I'd give my future were she only here.

Wabash river - click to see all state songs
Photo of Wabash River from Lafayette bridge by GEOrhythm on Flickr
(used by permission)
Source:
Emblems & Symbols of Indiana: Indiana.gov
Links:
All State Songs - National Anthem

    

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