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 CommentWell...considering sufjan is the youngest of his siblings...it is possible that he is singing from the perspective of his older brother.....and maybe sufjan was the younger brother traumatized? Just a thought, sufjan is pretty clever and I wouldn't put it past him. I believe he is by far the most talented and original musician of our time whether you like his music or not.
    somethingaboutandrewon November 09, 2008   Link

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