"The Henney Buggy Band" as written by and Sufjan Stevens....
Oh life, with your shoulders in the mirror
From the park when Dakota ran and brought you there
In the car when your mother lost her temper
The catalog and the catastrophic smile

Let the bugles play the sermon on the raid
I kissed you on the face
I kissed you on the playground

Oh Father John, you cannot tell me
What's right and wrong you cannot tell me
I jump before I get around you
Oh Father John

Pick it up with the band on the Ronald Reagan tollway
Don't give up, let's go forget about yourself
Illinois in it ran from the Ronald Reagan tollway
Forget about yourself and all your plans

Oh life, with your colorful surprises
Eleanor, how you put one on disguises
Oh Father John, you cannot tell me
What's right and wrong you cannot tell me

In the mortal life far in the morning light
We're back from Bloomington we let the runners win
Far in the morning light we let the movies play
A weekend from the holiday

Pick it up with the band on the Ronald Reagan toll way
Don't break down, let's go forget about yourself
Illinois in it ran from the Ronald Reagan toll way
If I'm wrong makes nothing right about yourself

Snowmobile on the field where the gunners throw their weight around
Forget about yourself and all your plans



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"The Henney Buggy Band" as written by Sufjan Stevens

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    General CommentI think it's about how when we grow up we give ourselves more rules about how we should live and enjoy ourselves, where kids just do what makes them feel good. Father John represents any authority figure trying to reign in a child's carefree attitude, but the kids are having none of it . The fact that he's a priest makes him more stern and shows that until you teach them, kids don't even answer to "god." The title could allude to the fact that the Henney Buggy Co. was known for casket-carrying vehicles. Yet, they created a marching band. So they were working on cars for the dead, but still having a good time. Then again, I could be over analyzing.

    I think fursoftasfur is right. Sometimes Sufjan seems more interested in making you feel how he wants the song to make you feel instead of filling it with lyrics that literally get you there (that's not the case in "Casimir Pulaski Day").
    overthinkeron August 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is such a fun song! if only i had even a clue as to what it pertains to...
    slinkstersarson May 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentonce the new album hits, this song will have way more comments. one of my new favorites along with adlai stevenson and lord god bird
    drowningnoahon May 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentumm two things

    1. i think its forget about yourself and all your plans not friends
    2. i think its in the mortal life not model life
    colston03on May 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentumm ok i'll fix.
    musicforlife!on May 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite Sufjan songs. The music, melody, it's all amazing.
    Way_AEon July 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the way he wispers "Forget about yourself..." And the little riff he does there. I love everything about this guy. He's my new Jeff Buckley.
    estiesaysnoon July 26, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"I kissed you on the face
    I kissed you on the playground"

    Reminds me of elementary school every time I hear it.

    I love this song!
    jackthegiantkilleron October 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentaww soo fun!
    Fragmentedsobriqueton November 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is great!! absolutely great!!
    im not sure what it's about, though.
    has anyone noticed a lot of sufjan's songs just seem to use fragments of ideas that hardly seem to connect? i think this really adds to the meaning and the mood. only i can't decipher what the hell they mean.

    aaaawww man i love this song
    fursoftasfuron December 15, 2006   Link

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