Detroit Lift Up Your Weary Head!
Sufjan Stevens Lyrics


Once a great place. Now a prison
All I can say. All I can do
People Mover: Bad Decision
From suburban. Now a prison
All I can say. All I can do

From the trembling walls. It's a great idea!
Everything you want. It's a great idea!

Once a great place. Now a prison
All I can say. All I can do

Henry Ford. Henry Ford
Public Trans. Public Trans
Pontiac. Pontiac
Feed the poor. Feed the poor
City Hall. City Hall
Windsor Park. Windsor Park
Saginaw. Saginaw
After dark. After dark
Tigers game. Tigers game
Eighty-four. Eighty-four
Industry. Industry
Unemployed. Unemployed
Gun control. Gun control
Wolverine. Wolverine
Iroquois. Iroquois
Industry. Industry
Public Trans. Public Trans
Auto Cars. Auto Cars
Jefferson. Jefferson
Michigan. Michigan

From the trembling walls. It's a great idea!
Everything you want. It's a great idea!
From the Renaissance. It's a great idea!
Everything you want. It's a great idea!
Throw them all away. It's a great idea!
From the Renaissance. It's a great idea!
Everything you want
(Hesitate to burn the buildings)

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Bragtime

My opinion:

As always, Sufjan is great at making slick time signature transitions. I absolutely love how he fluidly switched between the majority of the song (verses, instrumental breaks, etc.) in 9/8 and the "chorus" in 4/4.

Then on top of that, at 3:44 the song gives off a great overdrive feel through a few notes of the guitar interlude.

My favorite part is when it switches back to 4/4 at 4:19 and at 4:28 adds in that awesome beat. I love when that beat kicks in.

And then theres the great part of 5:18 to the end where it becomes more chill and nice string instrumentation parts comes in together.

Overall 10/10 would listen to again.



mossy cottage

Once a great place. Now a prison
All I can say. All I can do
People Mover: Bad Decision
From suburban. Now a prison
All I can say. All I can do

From the trembling walls. It's a great idea!
Everything you want. It's a great idea!

Once a great place. Now a prison
All I can say. All I can do

Henry Ford. Henry Ford
Public Trans. Public Trans
Pontiac. Pontiac
Feed the poor. Feed the poor
City Hall. City Hall
Windsor Park. Windsor Park
Saginaw. Saginaw
After dark. After dark
Tigers game. Tigers game
Eighty-four. Eighty-four
Industry. Industry
Unemployed. Unemployed
Gun control. Gun control
Wolverine. Wolverine
Iroquois. Iroquois
Industry. Industry
Public Trans. Public Trans
Auto Cars. Auto Cars
Jefferson. Jefferson
Michigan. Michigan

From the trembling walls. It's a great idea!
Everything you want. It's a great idea!
From the Renaissance. It's a great idea!
Everything you want. It's a great idea!
Throw them all away. It's a great idea!
From the Renaissance. It's a great idea!
Everything you want
(Hesitate to burn the buildings)



All comments from YouTube:

Bragtime

My opinion:

As always, Sufjan is great at making slick time signature transitions. I absolutely love how he fluidly switched between the majority of the song (verses, instrumental breaks, etc.) in 9/8 and the "chorus" in 4/4.

Then on top of that, at 3:44 the song gives off a great overdrive feel through a few notes of the guitar interlude.

My favorite part is when it switches back to 4/4 at 4:19 and at 4:28 adds in that awesome beat. I love when that beat kicks in.

And then theres the great part of 5:18 to the end where it becomes more chill and nice string instrumentation parts comes in together.

Overall 10/10 would listen to again.

Mario89778

@Jungy ok.

Jungy

Bragtime shutup

Nick Cerini

As a kid from suburban Detroit and south east Michigan as a whole, this song is very meaningful to me. It reminds me of being a kid in the summertime in Michigan. Best times of my life.

Lydia La Roux

I relate

Fatty Starbuckle

Shud upp

Alabama Kush

Fuck yes! SE MICHIGAN FTW!!

mossy cottage

Once a great place. Now a prison
All I can say. All I can do
People Mover: Bad Decision
From suburban. Now a prison
All I can say. All I can do

From the trembling walls. It's a great idea!
Everything you want. It's a great idea!

Once a great place. Now a prison
All I can say. All I can do

Henry Ford. Henry Ford
Public Trans. Public Trans
Pontiac. Pontiac
Feed the poor. Feed the poor
City Hall. City Hall
Windsor Park. Windsor Park
Saginaw. Saginaw
After dark. After dark
Tigers game. Tigers game
Eighty-four. Eighty-four
Industry. Industry
Unemployed. Unemployed
Gun control. Gun control
Wolverine. Wolverine
Iroquois. Iroquois
Industry. Industry
Public Trans. Public Trans
Auto Cars. Auto Cars
Jefferson. Jefferson
Michigan. Michigan

From the trembling walls. It's a great idea!
Everything you want. It's a great idea!
From the Renaissance. It's a great idea!
Everything you want. It's a great idea!
Throw them all away. It's a great idea!
From the Renaissance. It's a great idea!
Everything you want
(Hesitate to burn the buildings)

Gilliganfrog

This is a beautiful, tragic anthem—filled with the frantic urgency of a badly broken, once-great "city of industry"—from a mourning native son. Amazing, revelatory, devastating.

naguleader

idk anything about detroit but this song is sick

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