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 CommentThese are some of the most straight-forward lyrics I've heard by Sufjan.
    No one's touched on this line:

    "When my sister picks a fight
    With the Alexander boy"

    It sounds like she got into a fight with a boy over her dad and his "mistress." Maybe she was defending her dad before the rest of the song happened.

    "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"

    The visuals here are incredible. "We take him by the elbow" is interesting; either the brother and the sister are trying to drag him out of the road, or the brother and the father each have an elbow and are pulling him in different directions.

    Sufjan's songs are so personal and intense. They break my heart.
    Breedabieon February 10, 2008   Link

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