Saturday, 5 June 2010

A bit of Ambition - Sufjan Stevens

Sujan Stevens had already released an lp Greetings from Michigan, with all the songs inspired by the geography and history of the great lakes state, when the lp Illinoise came out. At the time he made a throw away comment in the press that he was going to release an lp for each of the US states. Now that is the kind of ambition in pop music that I like. Unfortunately we are still waiting for the 3rd state inspired lp and in fact the comment was the singer having a bit of fun with the press, It's a shame, as I love totally outrageous projects like that and would have ended up buying all the lps.

Both lps feature beautifully crafted songs almost a kind of chamber folk, with the soft sweet vocals hiding some dark lyrics. One such song is the one I've posted, based on serial killer John Wayne Gacy

His father was a drinker
And his mother cried in bed
Folding John Wayne's T-shirts
When the swingset hit his head
The neighbors they adored him
For his humor and his conversation
Look underneath the house there
Find the few living things
Rotting fast in their sleep of the dead
Twenty-seven people, even more
They were boys with their cars, summer jobs
Oh my God

Are you one of them?

He dressed up like a clown for them
With his face paint white and red
And on his best behavior
In a dark room on the bed he kissed them all
He'd kill ten thousand people
With a sleight of his hand
Running far, running fast to the dead
He took of all their clothes for them
He put a cloth on their lips
Quiet hands, quiet kiss
On the mouth

And in my best behavior
I am really just like him
Look beneath the floorboards
For the secrets I have hid

On a different note I'm experimenting with moving form mediafire to the box so hopefully the link will run smoothly - leave a comment if you have any problems

John Wayne Gacy - Sufjan Stevens

You can buy Illinoise here


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