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Words by Ballard Macdonald

Music by James F. Hanley

New York: Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. (1918)

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[Verse 1]

I have always been a wand’rer,
Over land and sea,
Yet a moonbeam on the water
Casts a spell o’er me,
A vision fair I see,
Again I seem to be:


Back home again In Indiana,
And it seems that I can see
The gleaming candle light still shining bright
Thru the sycamores for me,
The new mown hay sends all its fragrance
From the fields I used to roam,
When I dream about the moonlight on the Wabash, Then I long for my Indiana home.

[Verse 2]

Fancy paints on mem’ry’s canvas
Scenes that we hold dear,
We recall them in days after,
Clearly they appear,
And often times I see
A scene that’s dear to me:




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