"Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)" as written by and Sufjan Stevens....
It's the same outside,
Driving to the riverside.
I pretend to cry,
Even if I cried alone.
I forgot the start.
Use my hands to use my heart.
Even if I died alone.

Since the first of June,
Lost my job and lost my room.
I pretend to try,
Even if I tried alone.
I forgot the part.
Lose my hands to lose my heart.
Even if I died alone.


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"Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)" as written by Sufjan Stevens

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    General CommentI think the narrator must be feeliong guilty about not having a job. He says he'll "pretend to cry" and "pretend to try" even if he does these things alone.

    Usually pretending to try and cry are only done for the benefit of others. You pretend to cry to gain sympathy. You pretend to try so others think you are doing your best. But here he says he'll pretend even if he's alone. This suggests to me that he is trying to prove to himself that what has happened (losing his job and room) is not his fault, because he's pretending to try.

    He is also trying to prove to himself that he really wants a job by pretending to cry. If he didn't cry that might mean that he really is a lazy bum who enjoys not having a job.

    I think the line "use my hands to use my heart" means that working was this man's way of life. It is not simply something he does with his hands, it was central to his life. However, he says he has "forgot the part" suggesting that he no longer feels this way. His work is no longer as important to him as it used to be. Perhaps he notices this and it bothers him, and that is why he feels the need to pretend to cry and try: because he wants to convince himself that work is still as important to him as it used to be.

    Wow! If that really is what Sufjan was trying to convey then his economy of words is miraculous.

    Of course, I could be wrong.
    Raving Lunaticon March 02, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentA boy asked me to prom by writing the word "Prom?" on a mix CD and giving it to me.

    This was the last track.

    I am in love with him.
    sweetsilviaon January 12, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti've lived in or within 10 minutes of flint my entire life, and this song does a great job of capturing the sense of apathy/hopelessness that seems to permiate the place.
    thegirlanachronismon June 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta great song
    sweetadelineon May 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis album is definitely my favorite right now
    fakeliarcheaton June 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsimply brilliant
    magnifikoon September 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the saddest, yet more beautiful works of art ive ever come across.
    coffinboyon October 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm from about 15 minutes north of Flint. It was pretty much one of the centers of the automotive industry for a long time, behind Detroit, but if you saw Roger and Me you probably know what happened. Industry has been pulling out, Flint was failing. I can see where the lost my job, lost my room comes from.
    Carton132on October 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI'm from about 15 minutes north of Flint. It was pretty much one of the centers of the automotive industry for a long time, behind Detroit, but if you saw Roger and Me you probably know what happened. Industry has been pulling out, Flint was failing. I can see where the lost my job, lost my room comes from.
    Carton132on October 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentpretty.
    slickbooton December 01, 2004   Link

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