"Dumb I Sound" as written by and Sufjan Stevens....
Something's suddenly unclear,
Someone's suddenly my fear.
My eyes demand like broken eaves.
The ladel overspills on eaves.

If you once knew
How I loved you.

And my bruise-colored eyes peel
Every image to your face and heel.
And if you're happy I am too,
And if you're sleeping, I'm with you.

But you love someone else.
But you want to be with someone else.
And I can't believe how dumb I sound,
And I will put my face over the ground
And love you.


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"Dumb I Sound" as written by Sufjan Stevens

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    General CommentThis song is indeed one of Sufjan's most beautiful and heavy.

    I tried manipulating the ending to see what was being said, and came up with some weird results. Sufjan continually repeats something along the lines of "This sounds so stupid, soo stupid, ha ha." Also, if you speed up the ending, you can hear this deep voice repeating something like "Pizza... pizza..." during the whole freak out at the end. And that very last rumble in the last two or three seconds? I think he's saying "Yeti." Why? I have no idea...

    But rest assured when I figured that all out... I laughed! :D So silly at the end of such a heavy song.
    misterenton October 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAt first I thought this was about domestic abuse, sort of.

    "Something's suddenly unclear
    Someone's suddenly my fear"

    And this:

    "And my bruise-colored eyes peel
    Every image to your face and heel"

    Just strike me -heh. unintentional puns, that are only funny to me- as a violent relationship. Bruise colored eyes and fear and all. But the last verse sort of messes up that theory. Still, everytime I hear it I think "Dude, violent"
    LolaKaton March 14, 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.

    Dumb I sound: something's suddenly unclear, someone's suddenly my fear. My eyes demand like broken eaves. The ladle overspills on eaves. If you once knew how I loved you. And my bruise-colored eyes peal every image to your face and heel. And if you're happy I am too, and if you're sleeping, I'm with you. But you love someone else, but you want to be with someone else and I can't believe how dumb I sound, and I will put my face over the ground and love you.
    Periodixon May 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is beautiful in the beginning, but the freaky evilness in the last minute of the song scares me.
    MixedUpConfusionon October 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about the fear & insecurity of love, selfishness, terror, desperation. Not understanding how this thing you love could be anything but perfectly reciprocal.
    Is true love possessive?
    _ellieon December 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch an eerie song. gives me the willies. but still amazing none the less.
    aereogrammeon January 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpretty heavy for an album with a track like "belly button"
    Murphy McManuson January 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpersonally, my favorite sufjan song, the flute is so killer \m/
    themoralbankon February 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan someone explain the "eaves', "ladel', and "peel...heel" parts?
    Song of Songson June 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis has to be like my second favorite song.
    It's just....great.
    Really really really great.
    musicalchairson September 03, 2006   Link

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