And the winter moves about Illinois
When my sister picks a fight with the Alexander boy
And my father locks the car by the store
Still we figure out the keys and follow him once more

Oh my God, we see it on the floor
The woman on the bed the ankle brace she wore
Stones and sled it could have been some other
The mind that knows itself has a mind to serve the other
And we run back scratching at the door, scratching at the door

If I'm hiding in the sleeves of my coat
When my father runs undressed, he's pointing at my throat
And my brother has a fit in the snow
And the traffic stops for miles, we take him by the elbow

Oh my God, the shuffling at the floor
(Oh my God)
A mind that knows itself is a mind that knows much more
(No one came to our side)
So we run back, scrambling for cover
(To carry us away from danger)
A mind that knows itself has a mind to kill the other
(Oh my God, no one came to our side)

Oh my God, he left us now for dead
(Oh my God)
He left us now for dead

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"The Mistress Witch from McClure (Or, The Mind That Knows Itself)" as written by Sufjan Stevens

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    General CommentI saw him perform this song live and before he performed it he said something to the extent that his parents had an unhappy marriage, his dad had a lot of girlfriends, and because they were pretty progressive the family met and liked most of the girlfriends, but they didn't like one of them who he said was a witch, i forget what he called her, but she threatened to burn them with a cigarette if they watched her in the shower, etc. and this is about her and their dad taking them to see her, leaving them in the car, etc. He said all the girlfriends had handicaps, hince the "ankle brace".
    mariantheon April 11, 2007   Link

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