They say there's a sun in the sky
But me, I can't imagine why.
There might have been one,
Before you were gone
But now all I see is the night.

So I don't believe in the sun
How could it shine down on everyone
And never shine on me?
How could there be,
Such cruelty?

The only sun I ever knew
Was the beautiful one that was you
Since you went away
It's nighttime all day
And it's usually raining too...

So I don't believe in the sun
How could it shine down on everyone
And never shine on me?
How could there be,
Such cruelty?

The only stars there really are
Were shining in your eyes
There is no sun except the one
That never shone on other guys
The moon to whom the poets croon
Has given up and died
Astronomy will have to be revised...

I don't believe in the sun
How could it shine down on everyone
And never shine on me?
How could there be,
Such cruelty?


Lyrics submitted by Anne Arbour, edited by themadmaiden

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    General Commentyou could be the happiest person in the world, and would still be brought down by this song. stephen merritt's voice was made to depress people. i love him.
    CheriBomuon September 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentit is a bit of a depressing voice... so low!
    shockdelicaon January 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentno offense, but his name is spelled Stephin.

    And yes he does have a gorgeous voice. I just wish more people knew about the Magnetic Fields. They are one of the best indie-pop bands ever who seem to only be appreciated by indie-hipsters or grad students.
    vincent h.on June 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthaha

    i agree
    tigerbeaton June 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is fantastic. it completely kills the romance of love i have found. it's great. i'm quite fond of it.
    apollo IVon February 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentoh man, Stephin merritt has a very deep/meloncholy voice, but he can hold some very long notes...
    the worst is overon May 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis isn't completely depressing, or maybe it's just me that see's all the bittersweetness of his songs. These are the best kind of love songs, for that's what it is and you would be a fool to think otherwise.
    Splendidly clever lyrics avoiding the subject by pointing elsewhere.
    It's an art.
    xdvron August 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favourite magnetic field songs...it's got such a longing to it.
    wobo woboon February 12, 2009   Link
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    Song ComparisonReminds me of "Who Loves the Sun" by the Velvet Underground
    roxanneredlighton November 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentA great cut off of a great album. I think this track in particular is a great summation of Stephin's singing and songwriting. If I had one song to describe the band to someone, it would probably be this one.
    AvatarofWoahon February 04, 2012   Link

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