R.E.M. – Cuyahoga

“Let’s put our heads together and start a new country up,” starts Michael Stipe.

To be a country requires three things:

  1. people (a permanent population)
  2. territory
  3. sovereignty (the ability to make and unmake laws)

Otherwise, the song is probably about the river of the title, in Ohio: the tribes of Indians that used to live there and its past state of being polluted.

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