She wears her lakes like a diamond tiara.
Her necklace is known as the mighty Yahara.
Around her, the Belt Line is draped like a garland,
And brings in commuters from way past McFarland.
CHO. O wonderful Madison, mother of cities,
Queen of all Dairyland, waiting for me.
O wonderful Madison, jewel of Wisconsin,
With more than one high school and cable TV.
Hard working mother, you lion of business,
From Shopko to Oscar's and all through the isthmus.
But if getting a job doesn't seem to be prudent,
You can take out a loan and return as a student.
Sweet mother Madison, full of compassion,
A liberal community after a fashion.
You don't have to worry if you do annoy her,
'Cause for every person, there's more than one lawyer.
When fat men with briefcases grab her attentions,
She knows that they want her to host their conventions,
Where bankers and Shriners make heavy decisions,
Like should they see "Deep Throat" or go out to Visions.
Words by Peter Berryman, music by Lou Berryman, c 1986
Recorded by Lou and Peter Berryman on "Forward Hey," 1988
and on "House Concert," 2000.
The Yahara River connects some of the city's lakes.
Shopko: a discount chain store.
Oscar's: the Oscar Mayer meat-packing plant.
Visions: a nightclub featuring nakedness.
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