Desperate measures lead to death
From the mouth of Gabriel
Who died in his sleep when the world was a very big mess
A very big mess; he saw too much
From now on I will look away from every accident
That may or may not come my way

Saw you were talking up above the Aleph room
Masquerading as a loom
Both of us saw things
No one else would see as well
From the mouth of Gabriel
No one else would hear as well
From the mouth of Gabriel, etc.

Don't be so sure of what you feel (it might as well be trouble)
From now on just let the universe be your shelter from the enemy

Your face has changed
I hardly know who you are this time
And what a mess I've made of you
You probably would but I won't let you run away
You probably should but I won't let you run away this time

Don't be afraid of loneliness some refugee beside itself
Instead of what you've got
You probably would but I won't let you go away
You probably should but I won't let you go away this time

Your face has changed
I hardly know who you are this time
And when I came into your room
You tried to jump

Now I know this is strange to hear from the mouth of God
It was something like a scene from mars
In a struggle between loves and lies
The angle kept his face covered for to keep his word
And while I spoke something left from my life
Forget about the past
Be at rest I'll make things right
And while I held you at best you nearly died
Forget about the past
And I'll try to make things right


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  • +3
    General CommentI love the reference to Jorge Luis Borges's Aleph :) my favorite write meets my favorite musician!
    Andgtomeon August 26, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Memoryteared up the first time i heard this song. it was totally unexpected. blissful yet serious.
    livityon September 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song the most off of Sufjan Steven's new EP "All Delighted People"
    his style is great and I can't wait for more of his music!
    ChrisZechon August 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the reference to Jorge Luis Borges's Aleph :) my favorite writer meets my favorite musician!
    Andgtomeon August 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this is my favourite of his new EP. I love the instrumental parts, they're so lovely.
    the song has a really nice pace as well. when he sings "and when I came into your room" the music get's that nervous kind of sound like its leading up to something.

    anyway, very cute song.
    talkingbirdon August 31, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCould also be Abraham singing to Isaac
    AmericanSuperHeroson October 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think that the song has to do with someone who has lost their faith or ignored God in their life, done awful things, and perhaps considering suicide. Gabriel (God's messenger) comes to visit and know the person wants to run away but Gabriel says forget about the past, let the Universe be your shelter. Forget about the past and I'll try to make things right.
    ldrafallon October 27, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favourite too. i was scared to listen to this ep at first but i'm delighted to see that even after all these years sufjan still has what it takes to amaze me.

    Your face has changed
    I hardly know who you are this time
    And what a mess I've made of you
    You probably would but I won't let you run away
    You probably should but I won't let you run away this time


    brilliant :)

    brokenbiscuiton August 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favorite song off the EP as well. "From now on let the universe be your shelter from the enemy" - what a reassuring lyric in the face of the chaos of this tenuous world.
    solitary walkeron September 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favourite track from the EP as well. I really love the 'swell' of the final part as Sufjan's vocal gradually builds in intensity while backing vocals and instruments keep being added.
    themouseholecaton September 03, 2010   Link

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