"The Giant of Illinois (Handsome Family cover)" as written by and Rennie Sparks Brett Sparks....
The giant of Illinois
Died from a blister on his toe
After walking all day through the first winter snow

Throwing bits of stale bread
To the last speckled doves
He never even felt his shoes filled with blood

Delirious with pain, his bedroom walls began to glow
And he felt himself soaring up through falling snow
And the sky was a woman's arms

A boy with a club foot
Had sat next to him in school
Once upon a summer's day
They went wandering through the woods

They spotted a sleeping swan
On the banks of a muddy stream
And they stormed it with rocks
Till it collapsed in the reeds

They lay out on the grass
Full of chocolate and lemonade
But underneath it all the giant was afraid
The sky was a woman's arms

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"The Giant of Illinois" as written by Rennie S Sparks Brett Sparks

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    General CommentIt is based on Robert Wadlow, the tallest person ever. He was nicknamed "The Giant of Illinois" being from Illinois. He died from a brace causing a blister on his ankle. Very tall people have trouble dealing with problems in their extremities. Pretty sad really. That which made him famous was his Achilles's heel. Also the song is a "The Handsome Family" cover.
    aflanryon February 23, 2012   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful strings, the whole song makes me feel dreamy and nostalgic. And the lyrics tell an amazing story...
    mister care-too-muchon April 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGorgeous string intro, feels like a piece of me I didn't realize was missing.

    "delirious with pain his bedroom walls began to glow"

    Such beautiful imagery; the lyrics make the images in my head so vivid.
    persimmonon August 03, 2009   Link

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