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Sufjan Stevens Lyrics


I-L-L-I-N-O-I-S
Ring the bell and call or write us
I-L-L-I-N-O-I-S
Can you call the Captain Clitus?

Logan, Grant, and Ronald Reagan (Who will save it?)
In the grave with Xylophagan (Dedicate it?)
Do you know the ghost community? (Who will praise it?)
Sound the horn, address the city (Commemorate it for you)
We are awakened with the axe
Night of the Living Dead at last
They have begun to shake the dirt
Wiping their shoulders from the earth

I know, I know the nations past
I know, I know they rust at last
They tremble with the nervous thought
Of having been, at last, forgot

I-L-L-I-N-O-I-S
Ring the bell and call or write us
I-L-L-I-N-O-I-S
Can you call the Captain Clitus?

B-U-D-A, Caledonia (Who will save it?)
S-E-C-O-R, Magnolia (Dedicate it?)
B-I-R-D-S and Kankakee (Who will praise it?)
Evansville and Parker City (Commemorate it for you)

Speaking their names, they shake the flag
Waking the earth, it lifts and lags
We see a thousand rooms to rest
Helping us taste the bite of death

I know, I know my time has passed
I'm not so young, I'm not so fast
I tremble with the nervous thought
Of having been, at last, forgot

I-L-L-I-N-O-I-S
Ring the bell and call or write us
I-L-L-I-N-O-I-S
Can you call the Captain Clitus?

Comer and Potato Peelers (Who will save it?)
G-R-E-E-N Ridge, Reeders (Dedicate it?)
M-C-V-E-Y and Horace (Who will praise it?)
E-N-O-S, start the chorus (Commemorate it for you)

Corn and farms and tombs in Lemmon (Who will save it?)
Sailor Springs and all things feminine (Dedicate it?)
Centreville and Old Metropolis (Who will praise it?)
Shawneetown, you trade and topple us (Commemorate it for you)

I-L-L-I-N-O-I-S (Who will save it?)
Hold your tongue and don't divide us (Dedicate it?)
I-L-L-I-N-O-I-S (Who will praise it?)
Land of God, you hold and guide us (Commemorate it for you)

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"For me this song is, in essence, about the impermanence of all things.

Just look at the third and fourth lines
"Logan, Grant, and Ronald Reagan
In the grave with Xylophagan"

Shows how great men like these are now laid low (xylophagan being a species of beetle.)

He then turns much of his attention to even larger matters -how cities and civilisations can die.
"Do you know the ghost community?"

"I know, I know the nations past
I know, I know they rust at last" -speaking here about how great civilisations can be laid just as low as the figures he talks about in the first verse.

"They tremble with the nervous thought
Of having been, at last, forgot"
- I love these lines. He's talking again about how things which seemed so huge and permanent to people at the time eventualy were wiped up and forgotten. It's sort of like that Jospeh Stalin quote: "the death of one is a tragedy, the death of millions is just a statistic."

In the third verse his thoughts of death peak when he things about his own death:
"We see a thousand rooms to rest
Helping us taste the bite of death"
- here he talks about how we should be prepared for death having seen it so often, yet we never are.

The places which are named in the choruses are places in Illinoise which are ghost towns. (Shawneetown being one of the more famous.) He's obviously done his research.

I love how the theme of zombies ties the whole thing together. Night of the Living Dead was shot in Pennsylvania though so I'm not too sure of the reason... "
By: AIRPORT on August 29, 2005



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I L L I N O I S
Ring the bell and call or write us
I L L I N O I S
Can you call the Captain Clitus?


Logan, Grant, and Ronald Reagan
(Dedicate it?)
In the grave with Xylophagan
(Who will praise it?)
Do you know the ghost community?
(Commemorate it for you?)
Sound the horn, address the city


We are awaken with the ax
Night of the living dead at last
They have begun to shake the dirt
Wiping their shoulders from the earth


I know, I know the nations past
I know, I know they rust at last
They tremble with the nervous thought
Of having been, at last, forgot


I L L I N O I S
Ring the bell and call or write us
I L L I N O I S
Can you call the Captain Clitus?


B U D A Caledonia
(Dedicate it?)
S E C O R magnolia
(Who will praise it?)
B I R D S and Kankakee
(Commemorate it for you?)
Evansville and parker city


Speaking their names, they shake the flag
Waking the earth, it lifts and lags
We see a thousand rooms to rest
Helping us taste the bite of death


I know, I know my time has passed
I'm not so young, I'm not so fast
I tremble with the nervous thought
Of having been, at last, forgot


I L L I N O I S
Ring the bell and call or write us
I L L I N O I S
Can you call the Captain Clitus?


Comer and potato peelers
(Dedicate it?)
G R E E N ridge reeders
(Who will praise it?)
M C V E Y and Horace
(Commemorate it for you?)
E N O S start the chorus


Corn and farms and tombs in lemon
(I know, I know my time has passed)
(Dedicate it?)
Sailor springs and all things feminine
(I'm not so young, I'm not so fast)
Center ville and old metropolis


(I tremble with the nervous thought)
(Commemorate it for you?)
Shawneetown, you trade and topple us
(Of having been, at last, forgot)


I L L I N O I S
(I know, I know my time has passed)
(Dedicate it?)
Hold your tongue and don't divide us
(I'm not so young, I'm not so fast)


I L L I N O I S
(I tremble with the nervous thought)
(Commemorate it for you?)
Land of God, you hold and guide us
(Of having been, at last, forgot)



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