"Kill" as written by and Sufjan Stevens....
He took the stable,
Bred me to be a mare.
Made the brethren able,
Gave me a room.

I never asked him.
I never meant meant to stay.
He dressed the table,
Wore a dress to be my mare.

There's no permanence
When you never leave the stall.
He ran to other wars,
Won't write me at all.

I want to kill him,
I want to cut his brain,
And when it's over,
I know I'll feel okay.

He was a champion;
We were riding side by side.
Into the frontier.
He left me without a ride.

Where did the hour go
When the champions intercede?
He stole the cargo,
Took every chance to leave.

There's no permanence
When you never leave the stall.
He ran to other wars,
Won't write me at all.

I want to kill him,
I want to cut his brain,
And when it's over,
I know I'll feel okay.

I want to kill him,
I want to cut his face,
And when it's over,
I know I'll feel okay.

I want,
I want,
I want,
I want.


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"Kill" as written by Sufjan Stevens

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  • +4
    General CommentI love Sufjan Stevens. This song creeps the shit out of me.
    rushtapeon February 25, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentdefinitely like roman candle!
    "i want to hurt him/i want to give him pain"
    "i want to kill him/ i want to cut his brain"

    so similar.
    fursoftasfuron December 09, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentguys. i seriously think it's about cain and able. in the bible, they were brothers, one was better than the other so he got jealous and murdered his own brother in a field. sad story.
    umm.kaitlinon February 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEven the kindest of men feel anger.
    Solid Snakeon January 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIs it just me, or does this song sound a lot like Roman Candle by Elliott Smith?
    houseofdollson June 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthouseofdolls, i came here to post the exact same thing. it's similar enough that i think it's possible he did it purposefully as a reference to the song. although i'm not exactly sure why he would.
    almightyjimbobon July 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis reminded me of that Poe story.
    The Tell-Tale Heart or something.

    I have no clue what it means.
    "I want to cut his brain"

    =I WOULDNT WANT TO BE ON SUFJAN'S BAD SIDE :D
    musicalchairson September 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    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.

    Kill: he took the stable, bred me to be a mare. Made the brethren able, gave me a room. I never asked him. I never meant to stay. He dressed the table, wore a dress to be my mare. There's no permanence when you never leave the stall. He ran to other wars, won't write me at all. I want to kill him, I want to cut his brain, and when it's over, I know I'll feel okay. He was a champion; we were running side by side into the frontier. He left me without a ride. Where did the hour go when the champions intercede? He stole the cargo, took every chance to leave (chorus). I want to kill him, I want to cut his face, and when it's over, I know I'll feel okay. I want I want I want I want.
    Periodixon May 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentInteresting, this song seems to share the characteristic of an extremely bitter break-up with the song "Jason." Except with both, it's man he's speaking to.
    dan356on May 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti was about to post that exact same comment, house of dolls
    that chorus is too close to be a coincidence i think
    and surely sufjan is familiar with elliot
    maybe he's identifying with that feeling/elliot smith
    saying, "i know where you're coming from" basically
    ?
    laocoonon November 03, 2006   Link

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