"I Want to Be Well" as written by and Sufjan Stevens....
To think that I would die this time
Isolated in the room where the bed rises
Photographic ordinary people are everywhere
Extraordinary histories, ordinary histories, ordinary histories

I'll find sleep, I'll find peace
Or in death you'll sleep with me

To figure that it was my fault
Or so I've come to realize life is not about
Love with someone (ordinary people are everywhere)
Extraordinary people are, ordinary people are, ordinary people are

Everywhere you look, everywhere you turn
Illness is watching, waiting its turn

Did I go at it wrong?
Did I go intentionally to destroy me?
I'm suffering in noise I'm suffering in (touching ordinary body)
The burning from within the burning from with (ordinary hysteria)
I could not be at rest, I could not be at peace (extraordinary hysteria)

So do yourself a good, or do yourself a death from ordinary causes
Or do yourself a favor, or do yourself a death from ordinary causes

Illness likes to prey upon the lonely, prey upon the lonely
Wave goodbye, oh, I would rather be, but I would rather be fine

I want to be well, I want to be well
I want to be well, I want to be well

And I forgive you even
As you choke me that way
With the pill or demon
And the shrouded shalom
Under conversation
In tremendous weight of
A crowd of ages outside
Dressed for murder

I'm not fucking around
I'm not, I'm not, I'm not fucking around

And shall I kiss you even as you take me that way?
With the pill or demon as my body changes
Apparitions gone awry
They surround me, all sides
But from within I see an unholy changes

I'm not fucking around
I'm not, I'm not, I'm not fucking around


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"I Want to Be Well" as written by Sufjan Stevens

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    My InterpretationGreat job on transcribing the lyrics, strykerchick! There are some parts of that song that are really hard to understand. I have tried my best to transcribe the song as well, building upon the foundation you provided. Most of it is the same. I have italicized the differences from your version. I'm interested to see what you think.

    To think that I would die this time
    Isolated in the room where the bed rises
    Photographic ordinary people are everywhere
    Extraordinary histories, ordinary histories, ordinary histories

    I'll find sleep, I'll find peace, or in death you'll sleep with me.

    To figure that it was my fault
    Or so I've come to realize life is not about
    Left for someone - (ordinary people are everywhere)
    Extraordinary people are, ordinary people are, ordinary people are

    Everywhere you look, everywhere you turn, illness is watching, waiting its turn.

    Did I go at it wrong?
    Did I go intentionally to destroy me?
    I'm suffering in noise I'm suffering in - (touching ordinary body)
    The burning from within the burning from with - (ordinary hysteria)
    I could not be at rest, I could not be at peace - (extraordinary hysteria)

    So do yourself some good, or do yourself a death from ordinary causes
    Or do yourself a favor, or do yourself a death from ordinary causes

    Illness likes to prey upon the lonely, prey upon the lonely
    Wave goodbyes, oh, I would rather be dead I would rather be f***ed

    I want to be well, I want to be well, I want to be well, I want to be well.

    And I forgive you even
    As you choke me that way
    With the pill or demon and the traditional(?)
    Under conversation
    In tremendous weight of
    A crowd of ages all side(s)
    dress for mourner

    I'm not f***ing around
    I'm not, I'm not, I'm not f***ing around

    And shall I kiss you even as you take me that way?
    With the pill or demon as my body changes
    Apparitions gone awry
    They surround me, all sides
    But from within I see in
    unholy changes


    I'm not f***ing around
    I'm not, I'm not, I'm not f***ing around
    paramnidaon September 28, 2010   Link

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