"All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version)" as written by and Sufjan Stevens Paul Simon....
Tomorrow you'll see it through
The clouded out disguises put you in the room
And though I wandered out alone
A thousand lights abounded on our home
And I remember every sound it made
The clouded out disguises and the grave
So yeah I know I'm still afraid
Of letting go of choices I have made
All delighted people raise their hands

And I took you by the sleeve
No other reason than to be your leading man
And you woke up with a fright
Our lives depended on the visions through the night
And all we had always, all we had always wanted to before
The hurricane inclined us, grappling on the floor
All delighted people raise their hands

Still the force of nature spurned
Ideas of strength and style abated by the burning basement
All delighted people raise their hands

I'm not easily confused
The trouble with the storm inside us grew
But I had so much to give
In spite of all the terror and abuse

And the people bowed and prayed
And what difference does it make for you and me?
All delighted people raise their hands

And the people bowed and prayed
And what difference does it make?
It doesn't matter anyway
The world surrounds us with its hate

Hello darkness my old friend it breaks my heart
I've come to strangle you in spite of what you'd like
And don't be a rascal, don't be a laughing dog in spite of odds
All I'm deciphering from the spirits in the light within
All delighted people raise their hands

In restless dreams I walked alone I walked alive
The clouded out disguises left me in a dream of lightness
All delighted people raise their hands

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And what difference does it make?
I love you so much anyway
And on your breast I gently laid
Your arms surround me in the lake
I am joined with you forever

And the people bowed and prayed
And what difference does it make for you and me?
All delighted people raise their hands

I'm not easily confused
I feel alive I feel it glowing in the room
All delighted people raise their hands
All delighted people raise their hands
All delighted people
All delighted people raise their hands

And the people bowed and prayed
Oh I love you a lot
Oh! I love you from the top of my heart
And what difference does it make?
I still love you a lot
Oh! I love you from the top of my heart
And on your breast I gently laid all my head in your arms
Do you love me from the top of your heart?
I tried my best I tried in vain. Do you love me a lot?
Do you love me from the top of your heart?

And the people bowed and prayed
Oh! I love you a lot
Oh! I love you from the top of my heart
And you can see through my mistakes
Oh! I'll tell it to you now
Oh! I'll tell it from the top of my heart

And what difference does it make
If the world is a mess, if the world is a mess?
And on your breast I gently laid
Oh! I'll tell it to you now; Oh! I'll tell it to you now

(When the world's come and gone shall we follow our transgressions
Or shall we stand strong?)

I tried to save the things I made
Oh! But the world is a mess
Oh! But the world is a mess
And what difference does it make if the world is a mess?
If the world is a mess!
I tried my best I tried in vain
Oh! But the world is a mess! Oh! But the world is a mess!

(Suffer not the child among you or shall you die young
When the world's come and gone)


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"All Delighted People [Original Version]" as written by Sufjan Stevens Paul Simon

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    My OpinionThis is a hauntingly beautiful song.
    The homage that is paid to simon and garfunkel's "sound of silence" is done so well.
    as for the meaning, i think that's harder to decipher, especially having to splice the content of the song with content of the simon and garfunkel and how the two relate to the artist.

    i'm just in love with it. if this were anyone else, taking a simon and garfunkel song i think i would be revolted, but this is done so, so well.
    simonlovesloston September 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSufjan Stevens beautifully wraps his story around the music, provokes the listener to think of the world and encoursges him to feel the emotion. What an amazing song.
    DrakelikesNachoson August 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's clearly about struggling with his faith as a grown man. It reminds me of Kevin Barnes' 'The Past Is A Grotesque Animal'. Although Barnes' acts as some manic depressive opus, both are about struggling with the concepts of desire.

    the first movement (because this is a pop symphony at 11 minutes, no?) sounds like seven swans: a letter to god about being too human for his own liking. He's simply asking our opinion: 'All delighted people, raise your hands'. He needs to know.
    taylorseymouron October 13, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthings that come to mind in addition to the homage to Simon and Garfunkel (who themselves questioned what they saw as grotesque about an increasingly corporate and mechanical living)

    -crises in faith related to some of the horrors of living in the modern world
    -references to the light within
    -the call to all "delighted" people to either respond to, or make their presence known to the "darkness"
    jamieleeawesomeon November 21, 2010   Link

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