Michigama

by ManMadeInMichigan

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    Intended to be listened to while "Head'n Up North," this collection of songs is about people, places, and things of The Great Lake State.
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Fresh Water
Bois Blanc
Augustus
Pierre Marquette
Pirate of the Inland Sea
Idlewild
My Blue Water
Head'n Home
Balcony

This version of the Map of Michigan is used by permission from the Native Languages of the Americas in Minnesota.

Visit their website at:
www.native-languages.org

Visit the Michigan page at:
www.native-languages.org/michigan.htm

Visit My Michigan page at:
www.dpfowler.typepad.com/mymichigan/

Other fun and interesting links:
blacktable.com/tobey041013.htm

Augustus Herring: www.swmidirectory.org/First_in_Flight.html

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released August 1, 2010

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These songs reflect Great Lakes themes. They include Tall Ships, Shipwrecks, Hemingway,

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Track Name: Bridge to Somewhere
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Bridge (to Somewhere)

Build you mighty men build. Build you mighty men build.
A bridge that leads to somewhere.
Build you mighty men build. Build you mighty men build.
A bridge that lasts 1,000 years.

Over the years that have passed, We see that you built it to last.
Over the years what you’ve done, is make two peninsulas one.

So build you mighty men build. Build you mighty men build.
A bridge that leads to somewhere.
Build you mighty men build. Build you mighty men build.
A bridge to last 1000 years.

You did what no one did before. A bridge that could weather all storms.
You did what others dare not try. A five-mile highway standing in the sky.

So build you mighty men build. Build you mighty men build.
A bridge that leads to somewhere.
Build you mighty men build. Build you mighty men build.
A bridge to last 1000 years.

Build. Build. Build. Build!
Track Name: Of Michigan
Of Michigan

These are the sounds of the Indian names of Michigan
These are the sounds of the Indian names of Michigan

Ottawa, Chippewa, Potawatomi
Keweenaw, Noquet, and Menominee

Hannahville, Kickapoo and Ojibwe
Fox and Sauk, Huron and Neutral, Miami

These are the sounds of the Indian names…
Of Michigan

These are the things that we love to do in Michigan
These are the things that we love to do in Michigan

To head for the places that we call “Up North,”
to walk in her forests and play on her shores.
Remember the Fitz and six-thousand more
vessels all lost in her awesome storms
Drive through the groves of Grand Traverse Bay
And wonder why we just don’t stay.

These are the things that we love to do…
In Michigan

These are the things that we love to boast of Michigan,
These are the things that we love to boast of Michigan

To hold up our hands, and point out our towns,
And smile at the outstater’s puzzled frown.
Walk Mighty Mac - five miles great
Quarter mile longer than the golden gate.
Visit 10,000 miles of streams.
We can’t fish them all except in our dreams

These are the things that we love to boast…
Of Michigan

These are the sound, these are the things,
These are the boasts - Of Michigan

Land of the Yoopers and land of the Trolls
Of islands and shipwrecks and untold lost souls.
Land of the dunes and the inland seas
There’s no other place that we want to be, than Michigan; than Michigan.

Hold up your hands and point our towns,
And show everyone all around,
Your of Michigan.
Your of Michigan.
Your of Michigan.
Track Name: Big Paul (Bunyan)
Big Paul

Eight feet tall and three-hundred pounds,
He called Oscoda his home town.
Was it an earthquake or just his axe,
That made those trees come crashing down?

This is the legend of Big Paul,
Four-hundred pounds and nine feet tall.

Walking through the forest, whacking down those trees.
Tossing ‘em in Au Sable, Stirring up a breeze.

This is the legend of Big Paul,
Six-hundred pounds and ten feet tall.

Some say he’s from Canada, Some say Michigan.
The issue was decided,by the governor’s Canadian hand.

This is the legend of Big Paul,
Eight-hundred pounds and twelve feet tall.

He had himself a Babe, and about her he would rave,
Cuz she could snort lighting. A typical Michigan Maid.

This is the legend of Big Paul,
Twelve-hundred pounds; twenty feet tall.
This is the Legend of Big Paul,
Two-thousand pounds; forty feet tall.
Track Name: Coast Guard City
Coast Guard City

I grew up in the Coast Guard City,
So much has changed, some good, some just a pity.
And I want some things, the way they were before.
And when they are back, I’ll think of a whole lot more.

I want my fountain world’s largest again,
And I want the Coast Guard to bring another cutter in.
And I want my anchor on Dewey Hill standing tall.
A symbol of hope for one and all.
And I want the fireworks to set off another atomic blast,
So I can watch out-towners scream and fall on the ir gr ass.

I want the Pronto Pup to always be there,
And I want Fortino’s to last another 100 years,
I want to try sneaking into the Grand Theater,
And be stopped by old man Fisher,
Walk home all mad, spot his car on the way,
And bend his antenna, then just run away.

I want to help paint the scout camp till the counselor isn’t there,
Then run to Lake Michigan, swim all day in my underwear,
Spot some two-by-fours on the shoreline laying near.
And smack them together making alewives disappear.
I want to help the new library move books with my cart,
Then spot Buck Berry in town and leave the books in central park.

I want to try ride my bike up five MILF hill,
Then fly down Mulligan’s Hollow on a white knuckle thrill.
I want to walk the catwalk of the pier with friends in winter.
And use our belts to rescue the bone head who slide in the river.
And I want to be stuck in traffic when the bridge won’t go down,
And cuss out the sail boats for just being around.

I want to go to the Rendezvous restaurant after Midnight,
And watch the drunks roll in, and hear them cuss the government
till daylight.
And I want to cruise town again with Roger Ward,
If only he hadn’t died in the Vietnam war.
Like a cool big brother he’d take me with him and talk about life.
Like saying French words to girls and not just cars have head lights,
Planes & trains.

I grew up in the Coast Guard City,
So much has changed, some good, some just a pity.
I want some things, the way they were before.
when they are back, I’ll think of a whole lot more.