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Michael Peter Smith

There's a panther in Michigan
Don't that make your Halloween
There's a panther in Michigan
Although he is seldom seen
And he's following the water
And the ways of the Indian
And he's crossing the border
To Indiana

There's an awful lot of cover
Down along the Raisin River
We would set up on the one side
He'd show up on the other
I know people used to wonder
Why we couldn't catch the panther
There's an awful lot of cover
Down along the Raisin River

When a farmer in Manchester called me
I was there in minutes
Following a trail of feathers
Thru the high grass when he screamed
Thirty-four years in law enforcement
Man I never been so scared
You could see where he was going
By the way the grass was moving

There's a panther in Michigan
Don't that make your Halloween
There's a panther in Michigan
Although he is seldom seen
And he's following the water
And the ways of the Indian
And he's crossing the border
To Indiana

People who know panthers say
That they are lazy hunters
And they'll take a prey that's wounded
Over one that's healthy
And he might mistake some child
Playing in a sandbox
For some kind of wounded critter
Down along the Raisin River

Test drivers saw the panther
At the Chrysler proving grounds
It was during hunting season
He was out there on the track
'Cause he knew if he went in there
He'd be safe from hunters
He's an uncanny animal

Recorded on: Michael Smith/Love Stories, Anthology One, Love Letter on a Fish

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