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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, Belring, & Snyder Co. (1914)

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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:


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 that useter
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 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 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:




The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the author.