"Joy! Joy! Joy!" as written by and Sufjan Stevens....
Joy to the world, the Lord has come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods
Rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of his righteousness
And wonders of his love
And wonders of his love
And wonders of his love
And wonders of his love
And wonders, wonders of his love

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"Joy To The World" as written by Sufjan Stevens

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    Song Meaning
    "I believe in" and "I've read every page"

    "Every syllable the same
    Every letter, every line"

    This song is about the heart of the Christian worldview, about holding to the core doctrines of the Bible, specifically Biblical historicity and inerrancy. When you define your worldview by the reality of God and his purposes for us, it definitely shapes your life. This song is a lyrical declaration of his adherence to this worldview.

    "Hey, Shar?
    Yes, Sufjan?
    So, what do you believe in?
    Oh, a lot of things
    Oh yeah, like what?
    Well, peace and justice for all"

    The dialogue between Sufjan and his friend speak of the postmodern mentality that Christianity is simply a philosophy or moral ideology. There is a common idea held by postmodernism and orthodox Christianity, mainly that "God wants us to be nice (peaceful) to each other and have a good time (joy)," which is mostly true. However, the Christian worldview of how to end up at that goal of joy and peace is completely opposite of all other worldviews.

    "I believe in peace" & "joy"

    The culmination of the Christian worldview is that God redeems His people, leading us to peace and joy, amidst and in spite of the tragedy of the Fall and of sin. If everyone was a practicing Christian, the world would have more peace and joy. Sufjan is proclaiming his belief in that ultimate end result of God's plan for humanity.

    If you find meaning in Sufjan's music, please take the time to read the Gospels, particularly Luke. Know that there are large bodies of scientific (historical) evidence for the accuracy of Luke's paritial biography of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God.
    truejay001on August 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt was rather hard to make out most of what Sufjan was singing with all the electronic clatter and such going on, but I believe that the majority of these lyrics are correct. Please comment with any corrections and I will edit them.

    Oh, and it seems to me this song is about the Bible.
    lostpencilon April 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAbout the lyrics:

    I heard the line "I would serve the Kingdom's will" as "I would send the Kingdom's field." I know that doesn't make much sense, but I'm pretty sure that's what it says.

    Also: The section "I believe in (page)
    Believe in (page)
    Believe in (page)
    Believe in (page)"

    I think he's saying marriage instead of page.

    The empty "name" sounds kinda like Cher, although I don't think that's it. Sherriff? Sheryl?

    And I think the part where you said single book is actually "syllable."
    dan356on June 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgreat melding of sufjan's electronic "enjoy your rabbit" tendancies with the normal sufjan-y vocals.

    There are some other layered words at the very end that I can't make out what so ever.

    The (name?) does sound like Cher, but who knows on that one.

    I believe in (page) is definitly page only with only one vocal singing it, so its harder to make out.

    dan356 sounds right on the "kingdom's will/field" thing. But who knows!

    Someone ask sufjan.
    zachharrismenton October 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe name is "Shar" - as in Shara Worden (aka My Brightest Diamond), one of Sufjan's friend/singer/collaborators. She was the head cheerleader in the Illinoisemakers.
    DSRon November 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think he says "rage" at first before "i've read every page".

    also in the end instead of "and, and, and" he might be saying "damn" but it's unlike sufjan to use profanity
    DenverBoundon March 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHe is talking about the fruit of the spirit as mentioned in the book of Galatians 5:22-23 in the New Testament. Beautiful song.
    goodlookinrebelon April 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHe is saying "marriage", not "page". It's very subtle, but you can hear two syllables in it.

    Also, I'm hearing "Dan" instead of "and", which doesn't make much sense, save for the name means "justice". It could just be a trick of the ears due to the looping echo... but it's definitely not "damn".
    rocknrollgirl47on August 20, 2011   Link

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