I heard this song on the radio on the way to my grandparents’ house for Thanksgiving. I wasn’t really listening to the lyrics, but then I heard the line “in the living room when you kissed my neck and I almost touched your blouse” and got a little curious. What weird song was this?

My mom turned it up so we could all hear the rest of the lyrics. It was all very interesting, as you can read below.

A trumpet solo came on in between a bunch of singing. My dad matter-of-factly identified it as a french horn. I couldn’t stop laughing. He didn’t like that.

Long story short, I found the song online. (Adam! Check this out and tell me what you think.)


I’d heard the name Sufjan Stevens before. I read about how he plans on making a cd for all of the 50 states. He’s finished with Michigan and Illinois, and plans on doing one cd a year. If all goes well, he’ll be done in 2053. I doubt he’ll ever finish.

I’ve decided I like Sufjan Stevens. His voice, his style, his lyrics, the fact that he can play an unbelievable number of instruments, and the way most of his songs on the Illinoise cd are over 10 words long.

Here’s Casimir Pulaski Day:

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 shoulderblade,
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.