"You Are the Rake" as written by and Sufjan Stevens....
We are a servant,
We have a song,
The side of a beehive,
A tabernacle choir.

We are the sound
Working in wars,
The bishop is gone
To the acolyte shores.

We save our bibles,
We pull our sleeves.
The word is a guard
And the guard is a cleave.

We are the right,
We are the stay,
The accolade's gone,
We are what you say.

We have no language,
We have no chore,
The side of a beehive,
The bride is a whore.

We are a spite,
We are at bay,
The spirit is life,
We are what you say.

We have a sermon,
We have a song,
The bishop is easy,
The bishop is wrong.

The spirit is right,
The spirit will say:
We are a light,
We are what you say.


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"We Are What You Say" as written by Sufjan Stevens

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    General CommentI think your lyrics are a little off. I thought he was saying, "We ran into a safe. When the walls came closer." It's kind of hard to understand in the song though.
    Since he said, "A line I once told her." I get the idea that he wasn't completely genuine with his heart's feelings and more so with his body's even if it wasn't intentional at the time. I think maybe when he says, "You are the rock. You are the rake. You are the one when I watch myself." he is saying it his head to remind himself of his relationship with God.
    (Don't whine to me about not accepting God ever. He's a christian and it shows up consistently in his writing.)
    When he says, "We ran into a safe when the walls came closer." perhaps he means that the he and the girl put themselves under God's conviction when they were relying too well on the wants of their flesh.
    So maybe when he says, "She turned into a cave where it turned colder." He means that without the "warm resting place" of their physical connection she became mysterious or alien and dark. Somewhere that he would get lost trying to understand.
    It is such a vague song. Like a broken memory attached to very personal symbolism. I admit, though, that I could be 100% wrong.
    Cuyahogaon October 19, 2008   Link

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