Out from my window across from the city
I have what's considered a good view
Two blocks from the subway, three from the fountain
Where I walk to break in new shoes

She stands on the sidewalk just waving at taxis
Like horses in parades in passing
I ask where she's headed she tells me,
"Ohio, I've not seen my mother in ages
It's been a long time, a real long time."

Out from my window "How far is Ohio?"
She laughed and pointed out east
She said, "I grew up there with my dear mother
And I haven't seen her since thirteen.

You see, I was taken while she lay sleeping
By my father's hired man
We moved to city so far from my family
I haven't been back there since.
It's been a long time, a real long time."

Out from my window please hear me Ohio
Your daughter wants to come home
She longs to be with you to hug you to kiss you
To never leave her alone

And I've gotten know her to live with to love her
It's hard to see her leave
She belongs to her mother and the state of Ohio
I wish she belonged to me

See you sometime, see you sometime


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    An absolutely wonderful song. Sentimental, beautiful, longing, melancholic, sad, but still happy. Wonderful.

    olem77on August 19, 2005   Link
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    I grew up in the Cincinnati, Ohio area and moved to Chicago when I was in my 20s. I found I had to move back home to Ohio to help with some family issues at the same time I first heard this song. At that point, Jurado was already my very favorite, but it's things like this that cement my love of his music/lyrics.

    shanieron March 15, 2008   Link
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    i don't know why but every time i hear this song i just want to wrap myself in a big soft blanket and cry. it's so very powerful, the sadness in his voice and the lyrics, it's such a genuine heart-breaking song

    agneseon March 11, 2009   Link
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    I wrote Damien Jurado about this song once, expressing my adoration for it. He informed me that it is 100% fiction, inspired by a girl he knows in Ohio, but not about her.

    As for it's meaning, seems pretty straightforward, a song about homesickness and longing. The girl longs for her home, and the singer longs for her. In a story of simple images it conveys a plaintive sadness of distance.

    elbeanoon December 06, 2009   Link
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    i think this is jurado's most beautiful, sad song. my favorite. close second is abilene.

    drowningnoahon April 27, 2006   Link
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    I've only heard the CocoRosie cover in a believer magazine compilation, pretty good from what I've heard. Gorgeous lyrics.

    modestly_neutralon December 07, 2006   Link
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    sais- I completely agree- I'm from Ohio as well and have heard no song that even compares.

    baby britainon April 02, 2008   Link
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    this song makes me love my state in a way i didn't think was possible

    jjjonatronon July 12, 2008   Link
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    being from the buckeye state, this song naturally pulls on my heart-strings by default. recently, it especially hits home. i have a twin sister that moved to england a few years ago and whenever i hear it, it reminds me of how much she struggled during the first year she was there and how much she really does "belong to her mother and the state of ohio". it conveys so much emotion and incredible longing.

    the version of this on the "daytrotter sessons" is just absolutely haunting.

    melancholyjenon September 01, 2009   Link
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    i think i started my day to this song for three months straight, love love it. cocorosie's wasnt so bad, just gave a little hint of their sweet trademark freak:)

    myhomeistheseaon November 29, 2009   Link

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