"All Delighted People" as written by and Sufjan Stevens Paul Simon....
Tomorrow you'll see it through
The clouded out disguises put you in the room
And though I wandered out alone
A thousand lights abounded on our home
And I remember every sound it made
The clouded out disguises and the grave
So yeah I know I'm still afraid
Of letting go of choices I have made
All delighted people raise their hands

And I took you by the sleeve
No other reason than to be your leading man
And you woke up with a fright
Our lives depended on the visions through the night
And all we had always, all we had always wanted to before
The hurricane inclined us, grappling on the floor
All delighted people raise their hands

Still the force of nature spurned
Ideas of strength and style abated by the burning basement
All delighted people raise their hands

I'm not easily confused
The trouble with the storm inside us grew
But I had so much to give
In spite of all the terror and abuse

And the people bowed and prayed
And what difference does it make for you and me?
All delighted people raise their hands

And the people bowed and prayed
And what difference does it make?
It doesn't matter anyway
The world surrounds us with its hate

Hello darkness my old friend it breaks my heart
I've come to strangle you in spite of what you'd like
And don't be a rascal, don't be a laughing dog in spite of odds
All I'm deciphering from the spirits in the light within
All delighted people raise their hands

In restless dreams I walked alone I walked alive
The clouded out disguises left me in a dream of lightness
All delighted people raise their hands

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And what difference does it make?
I love you so much anyway
And on your breast I gently laid
Your arms surround me in the lake
I am joined with you forever

And the people bowed and prayed
And what difference does it make for you and me?
All delighted people raise their hands

I'm not easily confused
I feel alive I feel it glowing in the room
All delighted people raise their hands
All delighted people raise their hands
All delighted people
All delighted people raise their hands

And the people bowed and prayed
Oh I love you a lot
Oh! I love you from the top of my heart
And what difference does it make?
I still love you a lot
Oh! I love you from the top of my heart
And on your breast I gently laid all my head in your arms
Do you love me from the top of your heart?
I tried my best I tried in vain. Do you love me a lot?
Do you love me from the top of your heart?

And the people bowed and prayed
Oh! I love you a lot
Oh! I love you from the top of my heart
And you can see through my mistakes
Oh! I'll tell it to you now
Oh! I'll tell it from the top of my heart

And what difference does it make
If the world is a mess, if the world is a mess?
And on your breast I gently laid
Oh! I'll tell it to you now; Oh! I'll tell it to you now

(When the world's come and gone shall we follow our transgressions
Or shall we stand strong?)

I tried to save the things I made
Oh! But the world is a mess
Oh! But the world is a mess
And what difference does it make if the world is a mess?
If the world is a mess!
I tried my best I tried in vain
Oh! But the world is a mess! Oh! But the world is a mess!

(Suffer not the child among you or shall you die young
When the world's come and gone)


Lyrics submitted by Mellow_Harsher, edited by actoroutofwork, lovingthealien

"All Delighted People [Original Version]" as written by Sufjan Stevens Paul Simon

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  • +2
    General Comment" a dramatic homage to the Apocalypse, existential ennui, and Paul Simon’s "Sounds of Silence."
    sufjanstevens.bandcamp.com/album/…

    "The track concludes with two refrains, both sung by a celestial choir of voices. These, in my opinion, encapsulate the song’s theme. The first is fairly self-explanatory, “When the world’s come and gone shall we follow our transgressions, or shall we stand strong?” The second refrain, “Suffer not the child among you or shall you die young,” has a more cryptic message. Stevens hints at two different Biblical teachings, both from the book of Matthew: “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven” and another which states “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven“. I believe he’s alluding to the choice that is at the foundation of the Christian tradition, whether to be bound by the things of the world or to enter paradise with child-like faith and innocence. It’s a choice which Stevens struggles with throughout the track."
    - musicforants.com/blog/

    This really reminds me of Kierkegaard.
    nooooooooooooooooooon August 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHumanity and one of them separate with pains and knowledge enough to ache. Perhaps Jesus?
    zachharrismenton December 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI fixed the lyrics. This was displaying the 2010 lyrics, and this page is about the 2000 version released on "Eye of the Beholder Vol. 1". The 2010 version can be found here for you guys: songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107858841376/
    lovingthealienon December 25, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhile saying "perhaps Jesus?" to any Sufjan song is not a bad approach, I don't think this song is inherently about Jesus or even Christianity. I think that this song's about the isolation people feel. But he uses the weirdest metaphor... lonely people wrapping themselves in afghans, to the point that you can't tell who they are anymore. So all these sad people are isolated because they close themselves off from the world. And what Sufjan says in the second stanza, I think, is that although your sorrows feel monumental and specific for you, someone will "know enough [about your sorrow] to ache", presumably with you if you can manage to get yourself out of the afghan.

    On a lighter note, whenever I wrap myself up in an afghan my hair is static-y.
    airwolf queenon January 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlyrics correction ? - this is what i hear:

    "where the air can never feel their face
    one of them has happened to have past,
    one of them will know enough to ask (act?)"

    pallon May 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*passed
    pallon May 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese aren't the right lyrics. I watched him perform this last night, I'll review my video and see if I can make out what he's saying.
    LovePeaceRachelon September 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUnless this is something else altogether? I didn't notice that date in which it was posted.
    LovePeaceRachelon September 26, 2009   Link

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