"Demetrius" as written by and Sufjan Stevens....
Reach for the archer.
He chose an offer.

You are only a redeemer.
You are holy, like Demetrius.

Change the hoodoo caper;
Strange impersonator.
Make a multi-tracker.
Take your book and back her.

You are like that, a redeemer.
You are like that, like Demetrius.


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"Demetrius" as written by Sufjan Stevens

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    General CommentI'm guessing he is talking about Demetrius I, whose nickname was "Soter" or "Savior"/"Redeemer". He was the king of Syria from 162-150 B.C, and got his nickname from the Babylonians whom he saved from a Roman tyrant. I'm not really sure how the rest of the song relates to the man, though, or why Demetrius would be considered holy.

    He is mostly known in modern western history for his relationship with the Jewish people. He got involved in Jewish politics, and defeated Judas Maccabeus at the urging of one political faction, but was never able to win the political support of the Jews. Again, I don't know how this relates to the song... now I'm just blabbing....

    For more info, Wikipedia has a short article about Demetrius, and the Jewish Encyclopedia and Catholic Encyclopedia (both available online) flesh things out a bit.

    Oh, also, 1 Maccabees, 7-10 and 2 Maccabees, 14-15 describe the events from the Jewish perspective (ALSO available online via a quick Google search! Hurrah! Too much information!)
    trexsandwichon April 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG


    for some reason.
    I have n0 clue what its about.
    but aaaaah.
    musicalchairson September 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so much darker than sufjan's other stuff and im crazy about it because of that.
    imab&sbookwormon January 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAny ideas as which Demetrius this song is in reference to?
    bainrex7on May 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHere are the exact lyrics for this song, transcribed from Sufjan's handwriting in the first pressing of the album. The lyrics are originally written without line breaks.

    Demetrius: reach for the archer. He chose an offer. You are only a redeemer. You are holy, like Demetrius. Change the hoodoo caper; strange impersonator. Make a multi-tracker. Take your book and back her. You are like that, a redeemer. You are like that, like Demetrius.
    Periodixon May 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song :)

    The arabic part of it is originally from one of my mom's favorite artists, Fairuz. Its an arabic easter song
    johnnyk1080on June 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey, Johnnyk (or anyone) ~~ Do you happen to know what Fairuz song it is that he samples?
    trexsandwichon April 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey, Johnnyk (or anyone) ~~ Do you happen to know what Fairuz song it is that he samples?
    trexsandwichon April 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the Arabic song is 'El Yom Ollika' by Fairuz, a famous Lebanese artist.
    bmouon February 02, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI kind of think this song is about DMT a spiritual hallucinogen often called "Demetrius"
    jhoover23on December 25, 2013   Link

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