The State of Indiana

Current State Song
Proposed Song

On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away

Written and Composed by Paul Dresser

Oh, the moonlight's fair tonight along the Wabash,
From the fields there comes the breath of newmown hay.
Through the sycamores the candle lights are gleaming,
On the banks of the Wabash, far away.

'Round my Indiana homesteads wave the cornfields,
In the distance loom the woodlands clear and cool.
Oftentimes my thoughts 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.

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' there 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.

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Words and Music by Chuck Jones

Everybody Indiana loves slide whistles.
Slide Whistles!
All the people Indiana love slide whistles .
Slide Whistles!

Our state is flat and boring and the people arenŐt so nice.
We have staked our happiness on this one device.
Whistling slide whistles can give us inspiration.
Nothing in America can break off the temptation of...
Slide Whistles.

(Slide Whistle Chorus of "What goes on" by the Velvet Underground)

Everybody Indiana loves slide whistles.
Slide Whistles!
The people Indiana love slide whistles.
Slide Whistles!