While Jesus is saving I'm spending all my days
in backgrounds and landscapes with the languages of saints
While people are spinning like toys on Christmas day
I'm inside a still life with the other absentee

While Jesus is saving, I'm spending all my days
in the garden-grey pallor of lines across your face
While people will cheer on the spectacle we've made
I'm sitting and sculpting menageries of saints

Oh, my man my absentee
I'd do anything to please you
Come my love the stage is waiting
Be the one to save my saving grace

While Jesus is saving I'm spending all my grace
on rosy-red pallor of lights on center stage
While people have cheered on the awful mess we've made
through storms of red roses we've exited the stage


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    General Commenti honestly have no idea why everyone is ripping on sufjan stevens. he has absolutely NOTHING to do with his song. why would this song be criticizing sufjan if she goes on tour with him and has, at multiple times, expressed admiration towards him?
    wtf beckaaon August 12, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it."

    -Saint Vincent de Paul (b. 1581 - d. 1660)
    xtrabiotoxinon July 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is what this song means to me...

    Summary of Song: A description of her journey and movement from background to foreground on the stage and what it took for her to get there.

    1. [in backgrounds and landscapes with the languages of saints] Certain lyrics seem to describe this artists previous experience in the background. If I'm correct she did a lot of work in groups of people but didn't do much solo work.

    2. [While Jesus is saving, I'm spending all my days/grace] Perhaps this is a reference to how much work she had to put into marketing herself for this adventure. I think the spending all my grace line is in reference to how much of a toll she may feel her friend s and family take on so that she can create an album and find her own sound.

    3. [Come my love the stage is waiting/on rosy-red pallor of lights on center stage/etc.] Perhaps anticipation of getting to share her music and thoughts with other people? It sounds to me like she's looking forward to it and she hopes it goes well (which it is).

    That would just be my take on it. I might be completely wrong.

    I love this song and this entire album. I got to see her perform live as an opening act for Arcade Fire when they played Vancouver's Deer Lake Park in May! She rocks!
    Fawsuneon August 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentto me, this song seems to be a criticism of sufjan stevens and his religious zealotry, and how awkward it feels to be a secular backup singer for an extremely pro-christ musician who's reached superstardom:

    "I'm spending all my days
    in backgrounds and landscapes with the languages of saints"

    perhaps the following lyrics suggest that sufjan is not as innocent and christ-like as he'd have the public believe:

    "While people will cheer on the spectacle we've made"
    "While people have cheered on the awful mess we've made"

    this is, naturally and of course, speculation from the point of view of a morally bankrupt christ-hater.
    thelifejurassicon August 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentConsidering thelifejurassic seems to know more about the musician and her past experiences... I'd go with that one. =)
    Fawsuneon September 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthelifejurassic most likely hates Christ because many Christians give Christ a bad name. Don't hate Christ for the mistakes of the Christians. Read the New Testament, maybe you'll see that he was actually pretty decent.

    Anyway, why would she tour with Sufjan if she didn't at least support him in his beliefs? Obviously the actual meaning behind the music is what draws musicians together.
    youchokemeupon September 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMaybe it's supposed to be the kind of opposing view? Like this is what people think that see bands like Surfjan Stevens and go, "What the hell, shouldn't they be missionary-ing or something, why are they making a bunch of money for music?"
    heartlikeasocketon October 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDon't you think it could be about all the robes-and-choirish music of The Polyphonic Spree, of whom she was also a member? Or maybe it's just a testament to the power of love versus the power of religion, or the possibility of combining the two? Just thoughts, I dunno.
    Fuzzman07on November 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSeems to me she's talking about her love for a man, a man who also finds more power in love than in spectacle or religion. "The other absentee," and "my absentee," for example.
    Also, the idea of being saved is supposed to be giving yourself up to God, or Jesus or whatever. I think she's saying why not spend the grace we have here, which she seems to be doing with whoever this man is.
    Fuzzman07on November 02, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think it's obvious she doesn't agree with Sufjan Stevens if she laughs about Jesus in her songs.
    matkojebcaon November 06, 2007   Link

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