Ohio (Why Did I Ever Leave)

Lyrics: Comden, Green
Music: Bernstein

A fragment I think from the musical "Wonderful Town" played by Robert Hunter in a solo performance in 2003.

Why, oh why, did I ever leave Ohio
'Cause there's a [chef] looking after me
High and low and low and high
Everybody
The full song in the musical is:
Why, oh, why, oh, why, oh
Why did I ever leave Ohio
Why did I wander to find what lies yonder
When life was so cozy at home

Wondering while I wonder
Why did I fly
Why did I roam
Oh, why, oh, why, oh
Did I leave Ohio
Maybe I'd better go home
O-H-I-O
Maybe I'd better go home

Mother, this song still doesn't explain why you abandoned your children
Ohio was stifling, and we couldn't wait to get out of the place
And I told you, Sue, we're going to be hunting Nazis
And Pop said, Sue, this might take a little while
Well, those Nazis are slippery, and me hunting them way down in Lima, Peru
And we'd get postcards from Niagara Falls
Well, I'm stalking Mengele in Bolivian malls
Three times a year we'd get crackling phone calls
Happy birthday
Hunting Nazis
Merry Christmas
Hunting Nazis
Homesick
Abandoned
Heartsick
Neglected
Thank heavens we're free

Why, oh, why, oh, why, oh
Why did I ever leave Ohio
Oh, why, oh, why, oh
Did I leave Ohio
Maybe I'd better stay home

 


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