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Should Have Known Better
Sufjan Stevens Lyrics


I should have known better
To see what I could see
My black shroud
Holding down my feelings
A pillar for my enemies

I should have wrote a letter
And grieve what I happen to grieve
My black shroud
I never trust my feelings
I waited for the remedy

When I was three, three maybe four
She left us at that video store
Oh, be my rest, be my fantasy
Oh, be my rest, be my fantasy

I'm light as a feather
I'm bright as the Oregon breeze
My black shroud
Frightened by my feelings
I only wanna be a relief

No, I'm not a go-getter
The demon had a spell on me
My black shroud
Captain of my feelings
The only thing I wanna believe

When I was three, and free to explore
I saw her face on the back of the door
Oh, be my rest, be my fantasy
Oh, be my rest, be my fantasy

I should have known better
Nothing can be changed
The past is still the past
The bridge to nowhere
I should have wrote a letter
Explaining what I feel, that empty feeling

Don't back down, concentrate on seeing
The breakers in the bar, the neighbor's greeting
My brother had a daughter
The beauty that she brings, illumination

Don't back down, there is nothing left
The breakers in the bar, no reason to live
I'm a fool in the fetter
Rose of Aaron's beard, where you can reach me

Don't back down, nothing can be changed
Cantilever bridge, the drunken sailor
My brother had a daughter
The beauty that she brings, illumination
Illumination

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Written by: Sufjan Stevens

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LYRICS:

I should have known better
To see what I could see
My black shroud
Holding down my feelings
A pillar for my enemies

I should have wrote a letter
And grieve what I happen to grieve
My black shroud
I never trust my feelings
I waited for the remedy

When I was three, three maybe four
She left us at that video store
Oh, be my rest, be my fantasy
Oh, be my rest, be my fantasy

I'm light as a feather
I'm bright as the Oregon breeze
My black shroud
Frightened by my feelings
I only want to be a relief

No, I'm not a go-getter
The demon had a spell on me
My black shroud
Captain of my feelings
The only thing I want to believe

When I was three, and free to explore
I saw her face on the back of the door
Oh, be my rest, be my fantasy
Oh, be my rest, be my fantasy

I should have known better
Nothing can be changed
The past is still the past
The bridge to nowhere
I should have wrote a letter
Explaining what I feel, that empty feeling

Don't back down, concentrate on seeing
The breakers in the bar, the neighbor's greeting
My brother had a daughter
The beauty that she brings, illumination

Don't back down, there is nothing left
The breakers in the bar, no reason to live
I'm a fool in the fetter
Rose of Aaron's beard, where you can reach me

Don't back down, nothing can be changed
Cantilever bridge, the drunken sailor
My brother had a daughter
The beauty that she brings, illumination, illumination



Veronika Larsson

Carrie and Lowell is one of those albums that's rare today, a true album that is more than the sum of its parts.  Sufjan has created a cohesive work with a consistent theme, more than just a collection of beautiful songs but rather all variations of his theme of loss and grief.  The songs are meant to be listened to one after another, not separately.  This is a true work of art and I only wish I owned it on vinyl.

And yes, any of us who have lost someone close to us knows the feeling of not knowing how to grieve.  I still can't do it after my husband's death or my sister's death.  Maybe some day.

I should have wrote a letter
And grieve what I happen to grieve
My black shroud
I never trust my feelings
I waited for the remedy



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Renzo

The feeling where you wanna share his music but you kinda wanna keep it to yourself

Gina Sonia

Couldn't agree more.

nanami, geto gf

YESSSS AAAAA

vannessa_youtube_channel

Definitely

Madison Terry

Haven’t heard truer words

Christian Marcelle

Facts. The whole Carrie & Lowell album is a gem

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Rachel M

My boyfriend had a rough upbringing. Everyone in his family - parents, siblings, him - had a lot of tension and unspoken resentment towards another. When his niece was born 8 years ago, it forced everyone to come together, start forgiving each other and work through their feelings about the past. For that reason, my boyfriend has always been very close to his niece, because he feels like her birth was an important turning point for the whole family. I'll never forget the first time I played this song for him. We were in northern Michigan, driving on a winter afternoon with the sun setting behind us. I told him that this song reminded me of his niece, but I didn't say why. When it got the line where Sufjan sings "my brother had a daughter, the beauty that she brings, illumination..." he started crying. It was such a special moment.

Greater Hartford Twilight Baseball League

@Varduhi Suqiasyan sorry to read this. Much peace and love.

Aishwarya Shrestha

This made me cry ❤️

Ephemeral_artistic_strokes

Wow, you're a keeper

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