The Map

Text: 

Denise Rodgers

Written as a light opening to the second half of a tour program by the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club, this piece is an introduction to the map of the state, including the "mitten" and the U.P. Energetic, light-hearted, with a distinctly nautical feel.

Commissioned by: 

The University of Michigan Men's Glee Club; Eugene Rogers, director

Published by: 

Fresh Ayre Music
Item Voicing Perusal scores/Recordings Price
FAM-0096-01 SATB
$2.95
FAM-0096-03 TTBB

The University of Michigan Men's Glee Club; Eugene Rogers, director
$2.95

Text:

Michigan Map Poem

Saginaw Bay is the crook of a mitten.
Port Hope is right up near the thumb.
Manistee sits right where you'd put your pinky.
The Lansing spot taps on a drum.

Sturgis is south, at the base of the wrist
and there's Mackinac at the tip top.
There are so many cities in Michigan's mitten.
Recite them and you'll never stop.

Mount Pleasant, Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo,
Adrian, Midland and Frost,
Alpena, Kalkaska, Boyne City and Bath.
Keep driving until you get lost.

The mitten is grand, it is large, it is super,
but down there you'll never get close to a yooper.
A yooper's a person who's from the U.P.
The part of the state where there's much more to see.

There's Laurium, Skandia, Limestone and Tula,
Marquette, Iron Mountain and Gay.
There's Drummond and White Pine and Greenland
and Johnsville and Witch Lake and Keweenaw Bay.

So go for a ride, get out there exploring
no matter how long it might take.
And if you get finished with finding the cities,
then next you can look for the lakes . . .

Mount Pleasant, Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo,
Adrian, Midland and Frost,
Alpena, Kalkaska, Boyne City and Bath.
Keep driving until you get lost.