"You Are the Blood (Castanets cover)" as written by and Sufjan Stevens....
We are a servant,
We have a song,
The side of a beehive,
A tabernacle choir.

We are the sound
Working in wars,
The bishop is gone
To the acolyte shores.

We save our bibles,
We pull our sleeves.
The word is a guard
And the guard is a cleave.

We are the right,
We are the stay,
The accolade's gone,
We are what you say.

We have no language,
We have no chore,
The side of a beehive,
The bride is a whore.

We are a spite,
We are at bay,
The spirit is life,
We are what you say.

We have a sermon,
We have a song,
The bishop is easy,
The bishop is wrong.

The spirit is right,
The spirit will say:
We are a light,
We are what you say.


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"We Are What You Say" as written by Sufjan Stevens

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    General Commentthis song is a castanets cover. personally i prefer sufjans version. this song is on the AIDS benefit album, Dark Was The Night. it comes out February 16th
    Sunset Rubdownon January 29, 2009   Link
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    General Commentalso, im not sure if he actually says choir, its hard to tell what he says there. im pretty sure everything else is right though
    Sunset Rubdownon January 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLove this, a ton.
    I've never gotten sick of Sufjan but I've been craving something new from him.
    I hope his next album sounds something a bit like this.
    It's so cool and addicting and I love the message within it even though it wasn't written by him.
    LovePeaceRachelon February 24, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionThis is a great song and the original is great too. i personally prefer the first 6 minutes of sufjans version but after that it gets away from me. the whole 'dark was the night' album blows my mind though. 100% beauty on an album
    jmb5346on March 05, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so unexpected from him and i'm really hoping to hear an new album from sufjan that goes more in this direction. this is one of my fav tracks. definitely agreed though, the entire compilation is really great.
    carlinbon April 21, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe almost discordant brass
    so wonderful
    lujkon May 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing.
    jjcxon July 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIf there is a meaning behind this non-sequitur epic it will probably lie within the arrangement. IMO, the songs different sections play as the linear mental stages an AIDS victim would go through (not that I know how an AIDS victim feels as this is a total presumption). It's start off scary, angry and intense and at some goes into a brief but effective moment of disjointed and somewhat electronic noises, to give off a feeling of torture or pain. After that, however, the song mellows with the speaker (or victim, if you will) excepting the blood in him ("You are the earth on which I travel") even if it's killing him because it has done him so much good throughout his life.

    The rest of the song is turbulent but with no words because the man has nothing else to say: he has excepted his fate and will fight to the very end.
    WheresPoochieon August 16, 2009   Link
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    General Commentit's about christ, life-giving and beautiful.
    ohitsgloriouson August 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentPossibly. But not *every* song Sufjan writes or records is about Jesus. (And, as Captain Obvious would say, this is a cover.)

    As WheresPoochie pointed out in their analysis, it's all in the arrangement.

    It's about love, death, fear, glory, all those things, I think. And a truly remarkable composition to boot, complete (and replete) with one of the most literally *awesome* codas in modern rock music.
    Cynothoglyson December 08, 2010   Link

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