"All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! Or Forever Hold Your Peace!" as written by and Sufjan Stevens....
"All good thoughts" in spite of righteousness
is the kind of thoughts in spite of greatness.
Often now the State is advocation.
If we form a power of recognition.

Forget loss and perfect advocation.
If it drops or stays in convocation.
All we praise is all we want in commerce
All we praise is parties, foreign commerce.
Entertain ideas of great communion,
Shelter not materials in union
(All we praise is not the kind of commerce.
That's the right solution!)

"All good thoughts" is not the act of doing
What we want but what we should be proving
(Properties?), ideas, a woman's pleasure
is empowered by love, a perfect measure!


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"All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! Or Forever Hold Your Peace!" as written by Sufjan Stevens

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    General Commentthis song was inspired by a time when sufjan was in high school marching band and they played on the capital steps...
    searchingforabandon May 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is absolutely a must download for every sufjan stevens listener. the musical arrangements on each of his songs are breathtaking..
    alt.rockon January 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song, as the title suggests, is about working together to change a community or government.

    "All good thoughts in spite of righteousness, is not the kind of thoughts in spite of greatness" means that it is not enough just to think good thoughts, no matter how "great" those thoughts might be.

    "Often not the State is advocation, if we form a power of recognition." This means that if we work together we can change things even more so than the government (State).

    He then laments our materialistic capitalistic outview on life. "All we praise is all we want in commerce. All we praise is parties, foreign commerce." The second line there refers to our reverence for political parties who will not make the kind of changes we want.

    "Entertain ideas of great communion, shelter not materials in union. All we praise is not the kind of commerce. That's the right solution!" These lines say we must work together (communion) not for capitalist purposes (not materials) but for something other than "commerce," something greater and more important. That's the right solution!

    Right on Sufjan!
    Raving Lunaticon March 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAlso the lyrics posted here are not complete. They continue on like this:

    "All good thoughts is not the act of doing
    What we want but what we should improving
    Properties, ideas, a woman's pleasure
    is empowered by love, a perfect measure!"
    Raving Lunaticon March 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNice interpretation, Lunatic. I agree.
    blackemmaon July 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think this song really needs another comment right about now
    redandbluejeanson April 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti looooove the arrangement on this song.
    Fragmentedsobriqueton December 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthese lyrics are wrong.. but i love this song and it needs more love and attention.
    Laurenneon August 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is indescribable
    noone1111111111111111111on September 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI would love to hear this song accompanied by a marching band percussion section.
    shmortisborgon November 11, 2007   Link

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