"Dear Mr. Supercomputer" as written by and Sufjan Stevens....
Oh my God
I can't believe it
What went wrong?
The human race, in it's place

Superstition
Man's religion
And conditioned
Mysteries incomplete

And the raven
With it's haven
Gods in graven
Girls and boys Illinois

Springfield
With it's freak and banter
Strike the cantor
God is dead, God is dead

Oh my God
I can't believe it
What went wrong?
The human race, in it's place

In religion
Superstition
Man's conditioned
Mysteries incomplete

Take it for a patient
Man I caught it
Patient is the kind
That gets you paid

Even if I had
Man, I got it
Seems I never
Had it anyway

Sometimes it may seem
Your best intentions
Take off with
A fever anyway

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
All computers go to heaven
If you think you got the vision
Put it in the conversation

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
All computers go to heaven
If you think you got the vision
Put it in the conversation

I rejoice
In what I carry in my heart
It overwhelms
What a man

Great emancipation plans
And public transit
Clap your hands
Abraham

Oh religion
Superstition
Man's conditioned
Mysteries incomplete

Oh, the raven
With its haven
Gods in graven
All is dead, all is dead



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"Dear Mr. Supercomputer" as written by Sufjan Stevens

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song has a definite nod to the "You Never Give Me Your Money" portion of the Beatles' Abbey Road medley.

    "1-2-3-4-5-6-7 All good children go to heaven..."
    musicforlife!on July 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the funeral dirge for a too world obsessed with technology to see the greater glory. Too often we are blind to God because we have iPod eye patches and Television sunglasses.

    Look carefully at the lyrics and you can detect the little culture references. "Pull the chord, raise the dead." This is the tale of a society who sees no more miricles and thinks they have everything figured out on their own.

    The final verse is Sufjan's praise to the Lord that he knows he is saved. He brings it back with comparing iot to Abraham Lincon and Illinois.

    Brilliant lyrics as always and quite simply an awesome song to listen to.
    zachharrismenton September 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSuch an amazing song from one of the greatest musicians of our time...

    Zachharrisment - great interpretation... and I agree with you for the most part. Just had some things to add.

    There's, of course, the disdain of a world that has lost itself to a Godless machine. No spirituality, just computers... Hence, I felt like this song was from the narrator to Mr. Supercomputer.

    "Take it for a patient man I caught it
    Patient is the kind that gets you paid
    Even if I had, man, I got it
    Seems I never had it anyway
    Sometimes it may seem your best intentions
    Take off with a fever anyway"

    Even the narrator himself has found himself getting caught up in the disconnect that exists nowadays between people and eachother. With the advent of PCs in every home and iPods in every hand... it's so easy to get caught up in the fever of "I gotta have this and that." Even though he was trying to avoid it, even with the best intentions; he caught the fever anyway.

    "I rejoice in what I carry in my heart
    it overwelms what a man"

    The narrator's recognition of his own spirituality... and of course, how such feelings can overwhelm a man.

    "Great Emancipation plans,
    and public transport, clap your hands, Abraham"

    This line, to me, sort of asks, "Is this what our Forefathers intended?" They had such great plans, such great ambitions, and look at what we've become... that sort of tone.
    CrazyLil Cookieon September 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI get the feeling that the supercomputer is the narrator.

    That's about all I can figure out.
    dan356on July 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE YOU FOR PUTTING UP THESE LYRICS! :D
    colourmestunnedon July 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentApparantly one of Mr. Stevens' favorites, as well as one of my own.
    SufjanMyHeroon October 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe live version is absolutely amazing. He omits most of the lyrics, but the orchestration and new arrangement is genius.

    You can find the mp3 here:
    ryspace.com/index.php/2006/10/02/sufjan-stevens-the-town-hall-september-29th/
    musicforlife!on November 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs the line "God is dead, God is dead" somehow a reference to Nietzsche?

    I don't know if Nietzsche ever visited Illinois, but... well that's what I think of (only because I'm taking a course in him now).


    Interesting connection, just out of the blue though, Nietzsche was the philosopher mentioned in Little Miss Sunshine....the movie that made Sufjan's "Chicago" more popular.
    Sorry, I can't help but get excited by silly coincidences that mean nothing.
    gandhirooton February 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust fyi, at the University of Illinois, they have one of five supercomputers in the US. ncsa.uiuc.edu/AboutUs/

    ...for those of you who are like, wtf supercomputer?
    atsangon March 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe "God is Dead" could be linked the the "superman" comment. I take this from a philosophical stand point; it is literally a question if a computer that acts human has a soul. I initially misheard the background lyrics as (Some will go some won't go, they will go they will go, no they won't no they won't) or something... it certainly made me think about what makes people different than automatons, or even other animals, and left me with the question: Does rational thought entail possession of a soul?
    SecondDegreeFreshon April 05, 2007   Link

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