Back to Detroit

Timothy Suckow


Words and Music by Timothy Suckow, written in 2015.


The song lists many things to do, see, and hear in the city including artists and athletes.  I am especially fond of the Detroit Tigers and devote a full verse to the major league baseball sports club.  Mentions include Al Kaline, Ernie Harwell, Willie Horton,  Lou Whitaker, Alan Trammell, Magglio Ordóñez, Miguel Cabrera, Ty Cobb, Nicklas Lidström, Gordie Howe, Fox Theatre, The Fillmore Detroit, Greektown, GM Renaissance Center, Grand Circus Station, Kid Rock, Motown (Hitsville U.S.A.), Joe Louis Arena, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and many other Motor City related people, places, and things. The song is intended to bring a new, positive image to Detroit that has suffered so much in the past.


This is the previously unreleased original mix.


uh-oh, I'm going back to Detroit
uh-oh, what you gonna do tonight
uh-oh, I'm going back to Detroit
Greektown, Wormwood, Renaissance Center
Grand Circus Station, what could be better?
Drive across world-famous Ambassador Bridge
Kaline, Trammel, Horton and Lou
Miggy and Maggs say, "I can hit too"
He stood there like the house by the side of the road
(repeat chorus)
See a show at the Fox or maybe the Fillmore
Hear Kid Rock, yeah we can do more
Mo-Mo-Motown greats at Hitsville USA
Yeah the city's coming back, it's here to stay
10 Mile, 9 Mile, 8 Mile hey!
Throw another octopus down at the Joe
(repeat chorus)
I feel like I've been here before
Pistons, Lions, Tigers and Wings
Aretha and Marvin make to sing
Woodward, Michigan and Trumbull
Community spirit never will crumble
Sparky, Gordie, Lidström and Ty
Fill our hearts with unquenchable pride
Henry's horseless automobile
Never could a place be so ideal
(repeat chorus)
uh-oh, Welcome back to Detroit
uh-oh, I know where I will stay tonight
uh-oh, I feel like I've been here before
(repeat chorus)