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Irving Berlin

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I Want to Go Back to Michigan Down on the Farm
Words and music by Irving Berlin

New York; Waterson Berlin & Snyder Co. Music Publishers

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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 sould am I, Here's the reason why:

I want to go back,
I want to go back,
I want to go back to the farm,
Faraway from harm,
With a milk pail on my arm;
I miss the rooster, The one that uster
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 I again,
That I was in Michigan, Down on the farm.

[Verse 2]
You can keep your cabarets,
Where they turn nights into days,
I'd rather be where they go to bed at nine;
I've been gone for seven weeks,
And I've lost my rosy cheecks,
That's the reason I'd rather have the country life for mine.
My thoughts are far away ,
That's just why I say:



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