"Get Real Get Right" as written by and Sufjan Stevens.
I know you want it
I know you really wanna get it right
Have you forsaken, have you mistaken me for someone else?
Saturday night you sleep with a rifle at your side
Delivering speeches, delivering speeches left and right
Follow those created deaths
Fortune save me from his wrath
Spaceship out the house at night
Prophet speak what's on your mind

You know you really gotta get right with the Lord
You know you really gotta get right with the Lord

Visit the future, visit the future from the outer space (space space space space)
A ring of fire, a ring of fire falling on your face (face face face face)
You dream of the dark age, you dream of the dark age of your youth
Consider the danger, consider the danger, as it moves
Prophet, loyal priest and king
(I know you want it, I know you really want it)
Snake-skinned master at your feet
(I know you want it, I know you really want it)
Barricade the bathroom doors
(I know you want it, I know you really want it)
Find some things you can't ignore
(I know you want it, I know you really want it)

I know you really gotta get right with the Lord
You know you really gotta get right with the Lord
You know you really gotta get right with the Lord
You know you really gotta get right with the Lord

I know I've caused you trouble
I know I've caused you pain
But I must do the right thing
I must do myself a favor and get real
Get right with the Lord
I know I've lost my conscience, I know I've lost all shape
But I must do the right thing
I must do myself a favor and get real
Get right with the Lord
I know I've always loved you
I know I've always been
But I must do the right thing
I must do myself a favor and get real
Get right with the Lord

Get real, get right for you will not be distracted by the signs
Do not be distracted by them
Do your self a favor and get real
Get right with the Lord
Get real, get right for you will not be distracted by the signs
Do not be distracted by them
Do yourself a favor and get real
Get right with the lord
Get real get right with the Lord
Get real get right with the Lord


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"Get Real Get Right" as written by Sufjan Stevens

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  • +6
    General CommentSufjan sees his own affliction/gift whatever in Royal. They both see prophetic images of the future, which include UFOs. Royal doesn’t get the imagery, so he might have a picture in his mind of the world splitting in four, but thinks its revenge against unfaithful women, when it’s really….well, just end times, perhaps, according to Sufjan. Me, I don’t doubt they’re seeing something…and I wouldn’t be shocked if Sufjan’s genius was a slightly mad kind of genius.

    Anyway I think Sufjan wishes he could’ve talked to Royal and helped him figure out these things, help him get real, get right with the Lord.

    Get real, get right
    For you will not be distracted by the signs
    Do not be distracted by them
    Do yourself a favor and get real
    Get right with the lord
    Get real, get right with the Lord

    This ties in with Impossible Soul's "don't be distracted..."

    More writeup: bit.ly/…
    TheLightIsMineon October 24, 2010   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI feel like this song almost contradicts other aspects of the album. It's a known fact that Sufjan is quite a devout Christian, however in The Age of Adz he says, "When I die, when I die, I'll rot. But when I live, when I live, I'll give it all I've got."
    Not exactly Christian doctrine. However, it's contrasted by this song and its almost evangelical lyrics. I'm not sure if it's him saying it to Royal, or if it's him saying it to himself, or him saying it to anyone who has not yet, or is not willing to, "get real, get right with the Lord". As an Atheist, I'd like to think that he's speaking to himself, or willing Royal not to be distracted. When I saw him he did say this was his song for Royal... I'm not debating that. I just can't decide what kind of message he's trying to convey through those lines, and it's interesting how different it is to the sentiment displayed in Age of Adz, and also in Casimir Pulaski Day on Illinoise, where he says, "Tuesday night at the Bible study, we lift our hands and pray over your body but nothing ever happens" and then "and He takes, and He takes, and He takes". It's almost as if he knows what he believes and what he wants to believe, but he accepts the shortcomings of the Christian faith and also accepts the possibility that none of it is true.
    ... Just an interesting aspect I notice in his music...
    ooloolooon January 30, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commenten.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    sandcrab91on October 13, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Lyric Correction‘I know I've lost my conscious, I know I've lost all shape’

    i think should be

    ‘I know I've lost my conscience, I know I've lost my shame’
    agwyon October 19, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't hear the 'The' in the chorus -- It sounds more like "Get real get right with [Lor...]"
    GoneTooon October 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is almost Sufjan rapping, I love it
    Sweet_Amityon October 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningDid anyone else think of Sarah Palin?
    novoloveron June 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThis is interesting because distraction is a number one killer of any kind of work or good thing. A good life is characterized by focusing and channeling one's energy and attention, not by compulsively indulging every single shiny idea no matter how compelling and revealing. The former brings peace, the latter anxiety and confusion. The former is an expression of humility or the awareness and acceptance of one's mental limits.
    Jonny505on November 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I saw him live, he prefaced the song with a very long, rambly monologue about Royal Robertson. Basically, this is his song to and for Royal.
    TemporaryLifeon November 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat was funny novolover. :) oolooloo, I agree that he seems to be speaking for himself. TemproaryLife, I've also heard Sufjan say "this song is for Royal". I've also heard him say he started bringing dance into the tour more and more as he continued to wrestle with "what do all these songs mean". Well, at least we are here to entertain that idea! Personally, I like the visuals of the end times involving space craft landing in the back yard and locking yourself in the bathroom trying to stay focused on the lord.
    stevenj777on December 11, 2011   Link

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