I Want To Go Back To Michigan

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[Verse 1]:

I was born in Michigan,
And I wish and wish again,
That I was back in the town where I was born;
There's a farm in Michigan,
And I'd like to fish again,
In the river that flows beside the fields of waving corn.
A lonesome soul am I,
Here's the reason why:


[Chorus (sung twice)]:

I want to go back,
I want to go back,
I want to go back to the farm,
Far away from harm,
With a milk pail on my arm;
I miss the rooster;
The one who use-ter
Wake me up at four A.M.
I think your great big city's very pretty, nevertheless –
I want to be there,
I want to see there
A certain some one full of charm;
That's why I wish again,
That I was in Michigan,
Down on the farm.

[Verse 2]:

You can have your cabarets,
Where they turn nights into days,
I'd rather be where they go to bed at nine;
I have been here seven weeks,
And I've lost my rosy cheeks.
That's the reason I'd rather have the country life for mine.
My thoughts are far away,
That's just why I say:

[Chorus (sung twice)]:

I want to go back,
I want to go back,
I want to go back to the farm,
Far away from harm,
With a milk pail on my arm;
I miss the rooster;
The one who use-ter
Wake me up at four A.M.
I think your great big city's very pretty, nevertheless –
I want to be there,
I want to see there
A certain some one full of charm;
That's why I wish again,
That I was in Michigan,
Down on the farm.

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The author died in 1989, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 25 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.