"In the Devil's Territory" as written by and Sufjan Stevens....
Be still and know your sign.
The Beast will arrive in time.
We stayed a long, long time.
We stayed a long, long time.
To see you, to beat you,
To see you at last.

I saw the dragons drying.
I saw the witches whine.
We stayed a long, long time.
But I'm not afraid to die.
To see you, to meet you,
To see you last.

I stole my father's shoes.
I pulled His pockets too.
We stayed a long, long time.
We stayed a long, long time.
To see you, to beat you,
To see you, to meet you.
To see you at last.


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"In the Devil's Territory" as written by Sufjan Stevens

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    General Commenti heard Jesus in that theremin. God bless sufjan.
    Blurry24on May 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt seems as if he is talking of the Devil throughout this story but then it seems more like a longing to "see you". Im not sure if he wants to finally see his great tempter face to face ad spite him or if he switches that part and is talking about God.
    Waltyon March 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentCould this be focussing on the time now known as Lent? When Jesus went into the desert (the Devil's Territory) and was tempted by the Devil? And then he emerged (Palm Sunday), died(Good Friday), and was resurrected (Easter Sunday). There's a big thing about waiting and "I'm not afraid to die." Also, the father which could be God.

    (If I'm inaccurate in the Bible part, feel free to correct.)

    Oh yeah, the instrumentation (banjo, acoustic guitar, piano, etc. rhythm and melody) is fantastically beautiful. But when isn't it with Sufjan?
    musicforlife!on April 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI stole my Father's shoes
    I pulled His pockets too
    We stayed a long, long time
    We stayed a long, long time
    To see you, to beat you
    To see you, to meet you
    To see you at last

    Ive noticed that alot of people are guessing on what this part of the song means. But i think we might all be missing a simple addage that weve heard our entire lives. Does no one remember teh concept of walking on someone elses shoes? I think Sufjan is trying to express his childlike commitment to Christ, in the fact that he stole his fathers shoes (to say that he does so to walk in his footsteps). And a child usualy pulls the pocket of a parent to remain close to them. And the final part of the song is him just reminding "The beast" that he and his father stayed along time (together) to see him defeated. I think this is signifying his success in his walk with Christ and overall defeat of Satan in his life....But...just the same...its only my opinion

    Enjoy everyone
    By grace through Faith
    Simeon...
    Trancer0110on January 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthe has a great voice.
    that's all i can say about this.
    i love how he says "time" ahaha.
    but really. i love his voice.
    musicalchairson April 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmy two cents for the "i stole my father's shoes..." is that he is confessing the frivolous sins he committed
    willlliwon November 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the first stanza is addressed to the devil. He's saying that he's waiting a long time to see Satan defeated. The second stanza is addressed to Jesus. He's saying that he's not afraid to die since when he dies he will be with his Lord. The final stanza is addressed to Satan again. I'm only guessing.
    blackemmaon July 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwell, i'm guessing with you.

    i agree.
    barabbason September 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIn Heaven, are we going to meet all the angels that ever were? Are we going to meet everything, and find out that evil was a bad dream?
    _ellieon January 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdo i hear a theremin in this song?
    johnlempkaon January 14, 2006   Link

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