Musings – Upstate vs. Country

Where are you heading?

Where go you forth?

Summertime

You’re heading north!

 

But where? I ask

You really know?

Where’s the place

That Yidden go?

 

What you call it

Do you care?

But I would like to know

Just where?

 

Where will you

Invigorate?

In the “COUNTRY”

Or “UPSTATE”?

 

What’s the difference?

You may ask

I’ve known those

Taken to task

 

For mixing up the

Lexicon

And treated like

They are far gone

 

“COUNTRY” is a place

That’s heimish

“UPSTATE” is a place

That’s Amish

 

“UPSTATE” you can

Milk a cow

In the “COUNTRY”

Zug mir how

 

“UPSTATE’s” off the 17

“COUNTRY’s” somewhere

“In-between”

 

Liberty and Monticello

UPSTATE homes

Are painted yellow

 

“UPSTATE” bars will serve

A beer

“COUNTRY’s” shuls you’ll find

A shiur

 

“UPSTATE’s” where

The fancy go

“COUNTRY’s” to

The bungalow

 

“How much longer

Must we go?

“We have not even

Passed Monroe!”

 

That I’m sure

You’ll only hear

From “COUNTRY” goers

Driving there

 

Nikolsburg

Is not “UPSTATE”

You can’t get

A minyan late

 

Now in the “COUNTRY”

That is when

Shacharis

Can start past ten!

 

Sean’s “UPSTATE”

In Kiamesha

“COUNTRY’s” Woodbourne

Cholent with Zisha

 

Call it “Cuhntrrry”

If you’re Yiddish

Hearing “UPSTATE”

Makes them skittish

 

Geographically

Not a part

But one has grass

The other heart