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Thread #120609   Message #2631534
Posted By: Charley Noble
14-May-09 - 07:58 AM
Thread Name: Michigan Musically Revisited (2009)
Subject: RE: Michigan Musically Revisited (2009)
Oh, and I'd welcome other suggestions to this thread; and feel free to post lyrics yourselves.

Here's another long-time favorite by former Michigan resident Craig Johnson:

Words and music by Craig Johnson © 1980

Keweenaw Light

I have traveled this country from the Keweenaw headlands,
Where the wild gulls do cry from the rocks to the sea;
From the cold inland ocean to the Mani-tou Islands,
Far away from my home-land, strange pla-ces to see.


And the stars will shine bright on the south shore to-night,
The Keweenaw Light swings over the bay,
And if dreams could come true, I'd still be there with you,
On the banks of cold wat-er at the close of the day.

I've drifted through boom towns a century dying,
Past the ruins of smelters and rusted head frames;
From Ahmeek and Mohawk, Centenial and Laurium,
And other sad places which passed without name. (CHO)

I've counted the crossties, dry bones of the railroad,
That stretch from the sunrise to the closing of day;
And counted the miles between me and my true love,
The lies and the highway that took me away. (CHO)

Now the leaves have turned gold and summer's nigh over,
Wild geese sweep low over Lake Manganese;
In that far away country you walk by slow rivers,
Alongside cold waters 'neath whispering trees. (CHO)


Craig said "Keweenaw Light" is the "Copper Harbor Lighthouse," which he generally camped near when he came to that area of Michigan's Upper Peninsular.

Charley Noble