The Indiana Girl, by Marty Cooper

January 15, 2010 09:05 – 09:05

In late 1972, I was a senior at Georgetown, and occasionally strayed from WMAL’s and WTOP’s traffic reports for my daily commute to school. It was while driving to school that I heard Marty Cooper’s The Indiana Girl on the radio for the first time — I don’t remember what station I was listening to. But, it was my kind of song, and so I immediately proceeded to learn all the lyrics I could understand.

One key phrase, however, has eluded me for almost 38 years. To me, it always sound like “Second wave up moving down life’s highway,” which made absolutely no sense. I searched through anthologies in music stores, but always came up empty. Was I the only person who wanted to know the lyrics to that song? For the past 15 years or so, I’ve done occasional Internet searches to try to find the lyrics. The only lyrics I could find were the partial ones I myself had posted to several newsgroups where I had gone searching.

So… yesterday, when I was trying to remember the rest of the words to a song that was going through my head — Rita Coolidge’s All Time High — I found it on lala.com. On a whim, I decided to look there for Indiana Girl. The only match for a song that might have been it was by Pat Boone. Skeptically, I listened, and to my amazement, it was it! It was not a version I’d ever heard before, but it was the same song. While I’ve never been a fan of Boone’s singing, he does enunciate clearly, and I was finally able to make out the missing phrase! “Second wave up” was really “Silky way of”. Finally!

I continued looking on lala.com for Marty Cooper’s version of the song, but Boone’s was the only one I found. Then, I decided to hit the Internet once again in search for the lyrics to see if they had finally appeared in the year or so since my previous search. I didn’t find them. However, the very first match was a YouTube recording of Marty’s version! No video of Cooper, but the song is there. Almost 38 years later, I can finally sing all the right words.

Amusingly, I also found a compendium of Olympia beer commercials from 1972 that features Marty Cooper singing several Oly jingles — including one based on The Indiana Girl.

In any case, here are the lyrics to The Indiana Girl for anyone else who might be looking for them. These are my own interpretation of the words based on listening to Pat Boone’s and Marty Cooper’s recording. Although I think they are correct, they might still contain an error or two.

The Indiana Girl

Words and Music Copyright by Marty Cooper

I can almost see you runnin’ through the summertime
The Indiana grass above your knees.
With the leaves and the water mocking you in pantomime
“Can I go swimming, can I Daddy, please?”

It’s a long long way from the Wabash to the Hudson girl,
And the first place that it shows is in your eyes.
There within I see the dim reflections.
Of long forgotten dreams and summer skies.

Come on in and a-kick-a your dusty shoes off.
Sing-a sing us a song of way back when.
Sing-a sing us a song of Indiana one more time.
And you can be your daddy’s girl again.

That silky way of moving down life’s highway,
Forever seeking what lay round the bend.
One day somehow she chanced to happen my way.
For a girl it seems can always use a friend.

And I lend just a little bit of shelter Lord,
To one of God’s own creatures gone astray.
Some lovin’ and another cup of coffee.
To pass the time until she’s on her way.

Come on in and a-kick-a your dusty shoes off.
Sing-a sing us a song of way back when.
Sing-a sing us a song of Indiana one more time.
You can be your daddy’s girl again.

Come on in and a-kick-a your dusty shoes off.
Sing-a sing us a song of way back when.
Sing-a sing us a song of Indiana one more time.
You can never be your daddy’s girl again.

Come on in and a-kick-a your dusty shoes off.
Sing-a sing us a song of way back when.
Sing-a sing us a song of Indiana one more time.
You can never be your daddy’s girl again.

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