Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Rebel Black Dot Song of the Day: Go Blue!

John Linnell, "Michigan" from State Songs (The Last Angry Wolverine)

Commentary: There is discord in sacred Michigan, civil strife 'twixt a self-styled "Athens" & an antagonistically-defined "Sparta"—knowledge & reason versus ignorance & emotion. The valiant Wolverines of the University of Michigan, founded 1817 (when Michigan was still a territory, not yet a state), contend against the reigning B1G champions, the dastardly Spartans of Michigan State University, founded 1855. Michigan State defines itself in large measure by its opposition to Michigan, its otherness from Michigan; Michigan defines herself by the very ideals of Western civilization. It eats up the dastardly Spartans that while Michigan is Michigan State's archrival, but Michigan State is not Michigan's archrival. This is contest for the soul of the State of Michigan, so in an uncommon bout of munificence, I've selected a R.B.D.S.O.T.D. that is not specific to the Universitas Michigania, but concerns the whole of sacred Michigan. Of course, that said, the lyrics of "Michigan" are largely nonsensical.
"O Michigan! Exemplar
Of unchecked replication.
O Michigan! O Michigan!
The tank the fishes are in!

"Expansionist in spirit,
In letter borders obtained,
Don't hold us back,
Don't hold us back,
We must eat Michigan's brain!

"Now grow back, Michigan,
We miss you again!"
Go Blue!

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