"Casimir Pulaski Day (Original Demo Version)" as written by and Sufjan Stevens....
Goldenrod and the 4H stone
The things I brought you
When I found out you had cancer of the bone

Your father cried on the telephone
And he drove his car into the navy yard
Just to prove that he was sorry

In the morning, through the window shade
When the light pressed up against your shoulder blade
I could see what you were reading

All the glory that the Lord has made
And the complications you could do without
When I kissed you on the mouth

Tuesday night at the Bible study
We lift our hands and pray over your body
But nothing ever happens

I remember at Michael's house
In the living room when you kissed my neck
And I almost touched your blouse

In the morning at the top of the stairs
When your father found out what we did that night
And you told me you were scared

All the glory when you ran outside
With your shirt tucked in and your shoes untied
And you told me not to follow you

Sunday night when I cleaned the house
I find the card where you wrote it out
With the pictures of you mother

On the floor at the great divide
With my shirt tucked in and my shoes untied
I am crying in the bathroom

In the morning when you finally go
And the nurse runs in with her head hung low
And the cardinal hits the window

In the morning in the winter shade
On the 1st of March on the holiday
I thought I saw you breathing

All the glory that the Lord has made
And the complications when I see His face
In the morning in the window

All the glory when he took our place
But he took my shoulders and he shook my face
And he takes and he takes and he takes


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"Casimir Pulaski Day" as written by Sufjan Stevens

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    General CommentThis is currently available on asthmatickitty.com (Sufjan's record label) as a celebration of Casimir Pulaski day, March 1.
    airwolf queenon March 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentkind of more violent than the newer version...
    fursoftasfuron April 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIf this is the original version, I'm a bit happy to hear that he changed it.

    Not only is the part where he promises to beat up her father out of place, but the way Sufjan delivers that part is slightly comedic, at least to me.

    And BTW, it's "If he raised his hand", not head.
    GenJoxon April 30, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationIn the morning at the top of the stairs
    When your father found out what we did that night
    And you told me you were scared
    All the glory at the top of the stairs
    If he raised his hand, I could pull his hair
    And kick him in the face

    I feel like the father at the top of the stairs is God. Like, 'man upstairs'? It is evident towards the end that he is moreso angry with Him, and not the girl's biological father.
    jm4392on June 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWith the verse about kicking the girl's father in the face, maybe he was trying to emphasize how much he loved her. He'd do anything to keep her safe. If that's what he was trying to do, he failed at it, and I'm glad he changed it. (:
    VeryVeronicaon February 22, 2011   Link

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