29 Lifes Rich Pageant in R U Talkin’ R.E.M. RE: ME? Posted March 11 TRUE STORY: I'm from Cuyahoga county, where Cleveland and the Cuyahoga river are! When I first got this album (on a dub tape with no song titles)... I had no idea that Michael was singing "Cuyahoga!" because he pronounces it like this Coi-ya-hoaga. It didn't sound like the name of the county/river I knew so well. I thought we was saying "Pull Your Hoods Up" like some weird metaphorical way of saying "Open Your Eyes." Wasn't it fun really digging into the old albums and meeting Stipe halfway when trying to figure out the lyrics?