A Short Reprise for Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, but for Very Good Reasons song meanings
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    General CommentThis reprise is about Mary Todd Lincoln, the wife of Abraham Lincoln. Who went insane because her two sons died (a pretty good reason to go insane, if you ask me). Lincoln and Mary Todd both called Illinois their home and Sufjan is giving a shoutout to them.
    Solid Snakeon January 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHer son, Robert, took her to court to commit her. She was known to buy hundreds of dollars worth of material which would have been used to make curtains with, but after abraham died she lived mainly in hotels until she moved in with her sister shortly before her death. After Abraham died, Tadd died, and then she lost it. She spent four (?) months in a sanitorium and afterwards disowned Robert.
    meem4on March 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah she was only in the Mental Place (I don't know the correct term) for three months. Her son put her in there because he wanted to be incontrol of finances, apparently. She of course never forgave him. I mean, WOULD YOU!?!?!
    Sweet_Amityon May 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAlso it was said that Abraham was abused...physically...by Mary Todd because she was kind of crazy to begin with.
    The Tallest Manon July 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentshe used to sew money into her dress because she believed people were after abe's money after he died and she had no protection from the gov't.
    mudpiegrlon July 17, 2008   Link

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