"Djohariah" as written by and Sufjan Stevens....
I know you won't get very far
With the back seat driver in the carpetbagger
With the dagger heart grabber stuck in your car

And the yard is grown to a hilt
And the money spent money spent where it went
Embarrassment, embarrassment to pay for the car

And the man who left you for dead
He's the heart grabber back stabber double cheater wife beater
You don't need that man in your life

And you worked yourself to the bone
While the people say what they say
It's the neighbors anyway
They don't know what's good for your life

And I see your head hangs low
In the black shadow, half shadow
Living room is fitting is sitting room is fit for your crying

Don't be ashamed'don't hide in your room
For the woman is, woman is the glorious victorious
The mother of the heart of the world

Djohariah Djohariah, etc.

And the time you held to the light
When water ran water ran with the strange attic
And when the walls were wet with your life

And you pushed yourself to the floor
And the spirit went where it went
Hovering discovering uncovering your life, on the floor

And the walls were wet with your love

For the mother is, the mother is the glorious victorious
The mother of the heart of the world

Don't be ashamed, don't hide from me now
For the woman is the woman is the glorious victorious
The mother of the heart of the world

Djohariah Djohariah, etc.

Don't be ashamed, don't cry in the bath
For it's the story of, story of, morning glory story
It's the gloriole that comes to your path

There is a time when the lights will arise
For the mother is, the mother is the glorious victorious
The mother of the heart of the world

Go on! Little sister! Go on!
For your world is yours, world is yours
All the wilderness of world is yours to enjoy

Go on! Little sister! Go on! Little sister!
For your world is yours, world is yours
All the wilderness of world is yours

Go on! Little sister! Go on! Little sister!
For your world is yours, world is yours
All the wilderness of world is yours

Go on! Little sister! Go on!
For you're beautiful, beautiful
All the fullness of the world is yours


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"Djohariah" as written by Sufjan Stevens

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  • +6
    General Comment
    (fucktons of chanting)


    thank you for making me laugh
    Iwantforeveron February 08, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General CommentIt's hardly noticeable that this song is 17 minutes long. Hell, at the end I tend to be surprised it's already over.
    Copaceticon August 26, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGreat, great song, very emotional (including the Neil Young-esque guitar solo).

    "And the man who left you for dead
    He's the heart grabber back stabber double cheater wife beater
    You don't need that man in your life".

    It couldn't have been easy for Sufjan to sing such angry words so softly and so beautifully.

    Kinda reminds me of the restraint employed by Stevie Wonder on 'He's Misstra Know-It-All' - a gentle, lilting ballad, but with excoriating lyrics.
    themouseholecaton September 03, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionI think that the lyrics of this song are pretty self-explanatory, but I just have to comment that I think this is the most beautiful, touching song Sufjan has done thusfar. It gives me chills every time. I guess I relate somewhat because even though my sister's not married to some "heart grabber, double cheater, wife beater" I'm still protective of her and think she's an amazing person who doesn't think enough of herself. I'm always trying to build her up and tell her how much she means to me because even though he's a decent guy, her husband doesn't do that.

    So when Sufjan's telling his sister that she's the "glorious victorious the mother of the heart of the world" and "Go on" "the world is yours" his words really resonate with me. I know women have made great strides (at least in our society) but those who become mothers often sacrifice a great deal and tend to get very little appreciation for it. You could argue that the urge to make those sacrifices comes naturally, but that doesn't change the fact that they are still sacrifices and deserve more recognition and gratitude than they get.

    To end this on a note that's actually Sufjan-related, I think it's very interesting to contrast Djohariah with Sufjan's songs dealing with (what I presume to be) his own mother--Romulus and Pittsfield spring to mind. He can appreciate the good mother his sister is because--to whatever extent--he was deprived of having one of his own. That's my take on it anyway. He exults his sister (naming the song for her and chanting her name in the chorus) whereas he was literally afraid and ashamed of his own mom.
    luv2chillon September 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDjohariah is actually his older sister, but she's the younger of his two sisters, if that makes sense. fuckyeahsufjanstevens.tumblr.com/post/1613831096/…
    sheissupermanscousinon May 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat Song.

    If his sister isn't at least kind of humbled by this song then she should be ashamed. This song makes me feel worthless for having never taken more than a second to consider my own sisters.
    Vagarion August 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is beautiful
    ettins10on August 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthonestly, when i read these lyrics i actually re-played the song to see if "fucktons of chanting" was ever sung.
    lukegornallon April 24, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust some religious interpretations from a Catholic:

    "For the woman is, woman is the glorious victorious
    The mother of the heart of the world
    ....
    For the mother is, the mother is the glorious victorious
    The mother of the heart of the world"

    I believe this is a reference to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, the "Heart of the world." This is a title given to Jesus Christ. See the book Heart of the World by Hans Urs Von Balthasar, for example:
    ignatius.com/Products/HW-P/…

    I believe Sufjan is saying that his sister, and all women, share in the dignity, the glory, and the victory (over Satan, sin, evil, the victory of bringing the Son of God, the Savior of mankind, into the world) of Mary the Mother of God. For his sister, who seems to have suffered much evil, this sharing in the victory and dignity and glory of Mary is especially poignant.

    "When the walls were wet with your life
    And you pushed yourself to the floor
    And the spirit went where it went hovering discovering
    Uncovering your life on the floor

    And the walls were wet with your love"

    For the Hebrews, blood essentially equaled life. And the true essence of life is love. I believe these lines may be a reference to her "wife beater" husband and a particularly violent beating which caused her to bleed on the walls. Horrific.

    Following this interpretation, the "spirit" is the Holy Spirit, Who miraculously saved her life when she was "left for dead" on the floor.

    What think ye?
    robertsonclanon July 13, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf anyones wondering, you can pretty much play the entire song with the capo 4, D Am Em C, all open chords.
    travmann777on November 20, 2011   Link

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