Being that I’m a born and raised Southeast Michigan boy, I’m all for support and love for Detroit. Those of you out of ‘The Mitten’ can make jokes about the D, but it’s honestly on the rise and incredible things are happening there every day. If you want to make fun of a Michigan city, mock Flint. That place is terrifying. I’d rather walk through Detroit at night than Flint during the day. No joke.
All of this leads up to the new Kid Rock song “Detroit, Michigan”, which lyrically aims to give praise to The Motor City. While I can commend Rock for shooting some love, did he have to do it with such an awful, awful song? The vocal harmonies sound like they’re out of tune, the Motown feel is so forced and simple, and, overall, it’s just a boring, groan-inducing track.
The song comes from Rock’s upcoming album Rebel Soul, which comes out Nov. 19th. You can listen to “Detroit, Michigan” as well as read the lyrics below.
Note: You can hear the song here.
Talkin’ ‘bout soul, soul, soul
Talkin’ ‘bout rock n roll
New York City’s uptown grooves
A little Mississippi Delta blues
Flossin’ Austin and the Boston Pops
And everybody knows that Cleveland rocks
Talkin’ ‘bout girls, girls, girls
Talkin’ ‘bout fine, fine girls
A downtown Nashville honky-tonk
Some big fat back beat DC funk
Jacksonville and the Southern rock
In New Orleans the party never stops
Ya heard about Marvin Gaye, we got him
Can I get a witness?
Talkin’ bout Hitsville USA we got it
How sweet it is
We got those fine, fine super Supremes
The kind of girls ya see in your dreams
When ya hear our thunderin’ sound
Ya know it comes from Detroit town
Talkin’ ‘bout Rosa Parks we sent her
Talkin’ ‘bout Henry Ford the inventor
Talkin’ ‘bout Aretha yeah we got her
The Queen of Soul
Bob Seger yeah we got him
And that old time rock n roll
Slim Shady set the world on fire
The Big Three baby and the finest cars
George Clinton’s P Funk all stars
We spend our days on the line and our nights in the bars