I Don’t Not Give A Damn

I’m a Buckeye by birth.  But very empathetic and sympathetic Buckeye.  Not that other’s aren’t.  I’m just explaining myself.    And I’m probably close to a pacifist.  Or maybe just majorly non confrontational.   No, I can confront, but I really don’t like it.  Let’s settle for I am very wishy washy.

There is a song that I really like.  Many a year ago my brothers and sisters and I sat in the back of a limousine wearing our father’s wool plaid shirts.   My brother, #2, started singing.

“We don’t give a damn for the whole state of Michigan

The whole state of Michigan

The whole state of Michigan.

We don’t give a damn about the whole state of Michigan

We’re from O-H-I-O!!!!”

He sang more.   He sang it as we drove to the cemetery to say good-bye to our dad.   So whenever I hear that I think of this brother and can still hear him singing it.   And it makes me happy.   Not that we were saying good bye to our dad.  But that we were together.   That we had comfort in that.  And we had comfort in songs.   Songs like “Dead Skunk In The Middle of the Road”, “Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley”, “Sunday Morning Coming Down”.

And brother’s rendition of this song.   I don’t hate Michigan.  Truly I don’t.

So I feel guilty when I hear it, or sing it.   Which is why in my head it is more accurately sung and explained:

“I don’t give a damn for the whole state of Michigan”   Yes I do,  I do give a damn.  I’m just talking football here.

“The whole state of Michigan”  No, really, I do.   I just mean your football team.   We are OHIO, you are not, so we don’t like your football team.

“The whole state of Michigan”  I love the people!  And it’s really pretty there!

“I don’t give a damn for the whole state of Michigan”  I even bought a high wheeler bike from Michigan, come on, that ranks you pretty cool in my opinion.   Just not in football.  You’re not cool, is what I mean, there….in footba

“We’re from O-H-I-O!!!!”   Just so you know, I am a Buckeye.  I have to dis on your football.   But otherwise, you’re a great neighbor.

Yeah, I know.

It’s just how I’m made.