Born & Raised in South Detroit

Born And Raised In South Detroit....

Born And Raised In South Detroit…, photo by DetroitDerek Photography

Just a small town girl, livin’ in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin’ anywhere
Just a city boy, born and raised in south Detroit
He took the midnight train goin’ anywhere
~Journey, Don’t Stop Believin’

mLive says that Don’t Stop Believin’ is the world’s all time most dowloaded MP3. It’s certainly one of the most fun songs ever to sing along with, so “South Detroit” is probably the world’s all-time most believed in totally made up place. Former Journey high-note-hitting frontman Steve Perry explains:

“I ran the phonetics of east, west, and north, but nothing sounded as good or emotionally true to me as South Detroit,” he says. “The syntax just sounded right. I fell in love with the line. It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve learned that there is no South Detroit. But it doesn’t matter.”

It doesn’t matter … if you don’t care about Detroit at least. Derek explains:

This image, taken facing South, shows you that… well… South Detroit is on the other side of the river… it’s Windsor… Canada… there is no South Detroit…. sorry if I ruined anyone’s Christmas by revealing this “sacred classic rock” information. Makes a good lyric though…

See it on black and view more in Derek’s My Faves slideshow.

More Detroit on Michigan in Pictures

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