"Say Yes! To Michigan!" as written by and Sufjan Stevens....
Demonstrate I was
Raised from the start
By a priest and
the maid on the part.
Still know what
to wear on my back:
Michigan!
Ponshewaing!
Cadillac!

If I ever meant to go away
I was raised, I was raised
In the place, in the place.
Still I often think of going back
To the farms, to the farms
Golden arms, golden arms
Start to remind me.

If the lakes took
the place of the sea.
If the cars drove
themselves, way to be!
Opposite to the trains moving in
Rivers run interstate, Michigan!

Still I never meant to go away
I was raised, I was raised
In the place, in the place.
Still I often think of going back
To the farms, to the farms
Golden arms, golden arms.
Tried to change the
Made in Michigan
I was raised, I was raised
In the place, in the place,
Part to remind me.


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"Say Yes! To M! ch! gan!" as written by Sufjan Stevens

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  • +1
    General CommentAmazingly catchy song, makes me want to go to Michigan...

    Hopefully he's able to follow through on his plans to do all fifty states
    etcetera_whateveron September 21, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI was trying to explain the old "Say 'Yes!' To M!ch!gan!" advertising campaign to my wife a few weeks ago, then i bought this cd and when i looked at the track listings and there was a song named after that old Michigan tourism jingle. I love it.
    thedrizzleon August 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've just fallen in love with this guy: From Michigan, sings about Michigan, AND plays oboe and vibraphone.
    errky39on September 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentneato song. love the instruments in it =)
    theformatloveon September 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMichigan can be a nice place. (I've lived here all 20 years of my life.) Basically everything he writes about it is true. However, most of the album focuses on the negative issues... well, I suppose there are quite a few of them. But, I love this state. I am glad he wrote an album about it.
    thescreamcomethon February 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI live in Michigan too, makes me sad he missed my town, but he got holland and that's close enough.


    I wonder why he didn't too like K-zoo or Gr
    Noodles15on February 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really enjoy this song. It's upbeat and catchy, I want to go to Michigan too!
    cutie_carnivoreon February 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI definitely live in Michigan.
    Shout out to Sufjan.
    Amazing music.
    thetaste_ofinkon March 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNoodles - I live in Kzoo! I wish he had.
    thetaste_ofinkon March 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI like the bag-pipey souding oboe during the chorus.
    dan356on April 15, 2006   Link

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