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Casimir Pulaski Day
by Sufjan Stevens

Goldenrod and the 4H stone
The things I brought you
When I found out you had cancer of the bone

Your father cried on the telephone
And he drove his car into the navy yard
Just to prove that he was sorry

In the morning, through the window shade
When the light pressed up against your shoulder blade
I could see what you were reading

All the glory that the Lord has made
And the complications you could do without
When I kissed you on the mouth

Tuesday night at the Bible study
We lift our hands and pray over your body
But nothing ever happens

I remember at Michael's house
In the living room when you kissed my neck
And I almost touched your blouse

In the morning at the top of the stairs
When your father found out what we did that night
And you told me you were scared

All the glory when you ran outside
With your shirt tucked in and your shoes untied
And you told me not to follow you

Sunday night when I cleaned the house
I find the card where you wrote it out
With the pictures of you mother

On the floor at the great divide
With my shirt tucked in and my shoes untied
I am crying in the bathroom

In the morning when you finally go
And the nurse runs in with her head hung low
And the cardinal hits the window

In the morning in the winter shade
On the 1st of March on the holiday
I thought I saw you breathing

All the glory that the Lord has made
And the complications when I see His face
In the morning in the window

All the glory when he took our place
But he took my shoulders and he shook my face
And he takes and he takes and he takes

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Written by: Sufjan Stevens

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Eika N

it kills me when he says, "and he takes, and he takes, and he takes..."

Jonah McDonald

ijeleo92 I’m sorry for you’re lose, I lost my brother to suicide, not necessarily the same but still burns deep. In my opinion I think everyone needs to experience something like we have to open there mind to the truth.

yolo monster


Dallas Oostenbrink





Mariielah Cruz I think Sufjan is referring to "he" meaning God. The girl Sufjan is talking about dies from the cancer and he refers to God giving him the glory which is the girl and the time they spent together but then God also takes her from him. At least that's what I got. The line really gets to me having lost my sister to cancer.

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I’m playing this for my dog right now he has cancer he probably won’t make it though the night I love him so much

Chelsea Wallace

hope your dog is ok and you are happy

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Danielle Marin

FriendsinMyHead - I hope 2 years later finds you in a good place - hopefully with a rescue dog after you had time to grieve the loss of your beloved friend. I lost my cat to lymphoma December 12, 2014. As time has passed, I may go little longer periods of time without hurting to think of him but upon reading your comment I was instantly brought to tears and it feels like I lost him yesterday.

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