"Impossible Soul" as written by and Sufjan Stevens....
Ooh, woman, tell me what you want
And I'll calm down without bleeding out
With a broken heart that you stabbed for an hour
Woman, I was freaking out because I want you to know
My beloved, you are the lover of my impossible soul

Woman, too, promise me you'll stay and put off all your woes
I was wigging out, too much worry
I could not get you at all
And you said what you want, you would laugh it off
But I know you won't go, not for it at last
Must you write it off for the impossible soul?
And I was in a dream, I was gone away without you, but not too slow
Lest I put it off, for I put it right for the impossible soul

And all I couldn't sing, I would say it all, my life, to you
If I could get you at all
Don't be a wreck, trying to be something that I wasn't at all

Seems I got it wrong, I was chasing after something that was gone
To the black of night, now I know it's not what I wanted at all
And you said something like, "All you want is all the world for yourself"
But all I want is the perfect love
Though I know it's small, I want love for us all

And all I couldn't sing, I would say it all, my life, to you
If I could get you at all
Trying to be something that I wasn't at all

Do you want to be afraid?
Do you want to be afraid?
For life in the cage where courage's mate runs deep in the wake
For the scariest things are not half as enslaved

Don't be distracted, don't be distracted
Do you want to be alone?
Do you want to be alone?
For life isn't stained of righteousness pain
The seed and the hail, all impossible flights for an interesting light

Don't be distracted, don't be distracted
Do you want to love me more?
Do you want to love me more?
For love is the breath
If water and wave is cursed by the same thing that nurtured its shame
Is it worth all the work?

Don't be distracted, don't be distracted
Have you failed to feel delight? (NO, I DON'T WANT TO FEEL PAIN)
Have you failed to feel delight? (NO, I DON'T WANT TO FEEL PAIN)
Instead of the life, lived tired and lost, have you left it at last
Where it floundered its death with the language of ghosts

Don't be distracted, don't be distracted
Do you want to be afraid? (NO, I DON'T WANT TO FEEL PAIN)
Do you want to be afraid? (NO, I DON'T WANT TO FEEL PAIN)
For life in the cage where where courage's mate runs deep in the wake
For the scariest things are not half as enslaved

Don't be distracted, don't be distracted

No... Don't be distracted

Stupid man in the window, I couldn't be at rest
All my delight, all that mattered, I couldn't be at rest
From what I liked, from what I gathered, I couldn't be at rest
Stupid man in the window, I couldn't be at rest

And don't be shy in the window
Come down and give your best
Oh, delight in the window I couldn't be at rest
Stupid man in the window, I couldn't be at rest
From what I liked, from what I gathered, I couldn't give my best

Oh, I know it wasn't safe, it wasn't safe to breathe at all
Oh, I know it wasn't safe, it wasn't safe to breathe at all
Oh, I know it wasn't safe, it wasn't safe to breathe at all
Oh, I know it wasn't safe, it wasn't safe to speak at all

1, 2 3, 4!

It's a long life, better pinch yourself,
Put your face together, better get it right
It's a long life, better hit yourself
Put your face together, better stand up straight
It's a long life, only one last chance
Couldn't get much better, do you wanna dance?
It's a long life, better pinch yourself
Get your face together, better stand up straight

Boy, we can do much more together
(Better get it right, get it right, get it right, get it right)
Boy, we can do much more together
(Better give love, give love, give love, give love)
Boy, we can do much more together,
(better get it right, get it right get it right, get it right)
Boy, we can do much more together it's not so impossible
It's not so impossible

It's a long life, better pinch yourself
Get your face together, better roll along
It's a long life, better pinch yourself
Put your face together, better stand up straight
It's a long life only one last chance
Couldn't get much better, do you wanna dance?
It's a good life, better pinch yourself
Is it impossible? Is it impossible?
Boy, we can do much more together
(Better get it right, get it right, get it right, get it right)
Boy, we can do much more together
(Better get a life, get a life, get a life, get a life)
Boy, we can do much more together
(Better get it right, get it right, get it right, get it right)
Boy we can do much more together, it's not so impossible
It's not so impossible

It's a long life, better pinch yourself
Put your face together, better get it right
It's a long life, better hit yourself
Put your face together, better stand up straight
In the wrong life, everything is chance
Does it register? Do you wanna dance?
In the right life, it's a miracle
Possibility, do you wanna dance?

Boy, we can do much more together
(Better get it right, get it right, get it right, get it right)
Boy, we can do much more together
(Better get a life, get a life, get a life, get a life)
Boy, we can do much more together
(Better get it right, get it right, get it right, get it right)
Boy, we can do much more together
It's not so impossible

Do you wanna dance?

Boy, we can do much more together
It's not so impossible

I never meant to cause you pain
My burden is the weight of a feather
I never meant to lead you on
I only meant to please me, however

And then you tell me, boy, we can do much more
Boy, we can do much more
Boy, we can do much more together
Boy, we can do much more together

I'm nothing but a selfish man
I'm nothing but a privileged brother
And did you think I'd stay the night?
And did you think I'd love you forever?
And then you tell me, boy, we can do much more

I gotta tell you, girl, I want nothing less
Girl, I want nothing less
Girl, I want nothing less than pleasure
Girl, I want nothing less than pleasure

I gotta tell you, boy, we made such a mess
Boy, we made such a mess
Boy, we made such a mess together
Boy we made such a mess together


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"Impossible Soul" as written by Sufjan Stevens

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    Lyric CorrectionDamn this took a long time. It's very detailed, and I compiled it from various sources, checking inconsistencies myself. Hope you guys like it. :)


    ==PART ONE (0:20)==

    Ooh. Woman, tell me what you want
    And I'll calm down without bleeding out
    With a broken heart that you stabbed for an hour

    Woman, I was freaking out because I want you to know:
    My beloved, you are the lover of my impossible soul
    Woman, too, promise me you'll stay and put off all your woes

    I was wigging out, too much worry, I could not get you at all
    And you said what you want, you would laugh it off
    But I know you won't go, not for either class
    Must you write it off for the impossible soul?
    And I was in a dream, I was gone away without you, but not too slow
    Lest I put it off, 'fore I put it right for the impossible soul

    And all I couldn't sing, I would say it all my life to you, if I could get you at all
    Don't be a wreck, trying to be something that I wasn't at all

    Seems I got it wrong, I was chasing after something that was gone
    To the black of night, now I know it's not what I wanted at all
    And you said something like, "All you want is all the world for yourself"
    But all I want is the perfect love
    Though I know it's small, I want love for us all

    All I couldn't sing, I would say it all my life to you, if I could get you at all
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
    Trying to be something that I wasn't at all


    ==PART TWO (3:56)==

    Do you want to be afraid?
    Do you want to be afraid?
    For life in the cage, where courage is made, runs deep in the wake
    For the scariest things are not half as enslaved

    Don't be distracted, don't be distracted
    Do you want to be alone?
    Do you want to be alone?
    For life is instead, of righteousness led (?)
    The seat and the head, of impossible flights, or an interest in books(?)

    Don't be distracted, don't be distracted
    Do you want to love me more?
    Do you want to love me more?
    For love is the grain
    If watered in pain(?), is cursed by the same thing that nurtured its shame
    Is it worth all the work?

    Don't be distracted, don't be distracted
    Have you failed to feel delight? [No, I don't want to feel pain]
    Have you failed to feel delight? [No, I don't want to feel pain]
    Instead of the life, lived tired and lost, have you left it at last
    Where it floundered its death with the language of ghosts?

    Don't be distracted, don't be distracted
    Do you want to be afraid? [No, I don't want to feel pain]
    Do you want to be afraid? [No, I don't want to feel pain]
    For life in the cage, where courage is made, runs deep in the wake
    For the scariest things are not half as enslaved

    Don't be distracted, don't be distracted
    Don't be distracted, don't be distracted now

    [Don't be distracted] (~x10)


    ==PART THREE (10:40)==

    Stupid man in the window
    I couldn't be at rest
    All my delight, all that mattered
    I couldn't be at rest
    From what I liked, from what I gathered
    I couldn't be at rest
    Stupid man in the window
    I couldn't be at rest
    [judgement, judgement]

    And don't be shy in the window
    Come down and give your best
    Oh, delight in the window
    I couldn't be at rest
    Stupid man in the window
    I couldn't be at rest
    From what I liked, from what I gathered
    I couldn't give my best

    Now I know it wasn't safe, it wasn't safe to breathe at all
    Oh I know it wasn't safe., it wasn't safe to breathe at all
    [It wasn't safe, it wasn't safe]
    Now I know it wasn't safe, it wasn't safe to breathe at all
    [It wasn't safe, it wasn't safe]
    Oh I know it wasn't safe, it wasn't safe to speak at all


    ==PART FOUR (13:26)==

    [hold on Suf, hold on Suf, hold on Suf] (x2)
    [hold on Suf, hold on Suf, hold on Suf, hold on]

    One two three four!

    It's a long life
    Better pinch yourself
    Put your face together
    Better get it right
    It's a long life
    Better hit yourself
    Put your face together
    Better stand up straight

    It's a long life
    Only one last chance
    Could it get much better
    Do you wanna dance
    It's a long life
    Better pinch yourself
    Get your face together
    Better stand up straight

    Boy, we can do much more together!
    Better get a life get a life get a life get a life
    Boy we can do much more together!
    Better get a love get a love get a life get a love
    Boy we can do much more together!
    Better get it right get it right get it right get it right
    Boy we can do much more together!
    It's not so impossible!
    It's not so impossible!

    It's a long life
    Better pinch yourself
    Put your face together
    Better roll along
    It's a long life
    Better pinch yourself
    Put your face together
    Better stand up straight

    It's a long life
    Only one last chance
    Couldn't get much better
    Do you wanna dance
    It's a good life
    Better pinch yourself
    Is it possible? Is it possible?

    Boy we can do much more together!
    Better get a life get a life get a life get a life
    Boy we can do much more together!
    Better get a love get a love get a life get a love
    Boy we can do much more together!
    Better get it right get it right get it right get it right
    Boy we can do much more together!
    It's not so impossible!
    It's not so impossible!

    It's a long life
    Better pinch yourself
    Put your face together
    Better get it right
    It's a long life
    Better hit yourself
    Put your face together
    Better stand up straight

    In the wrong light
    Everything is chance, does it register
    Do you wanna dance
    In the right light
    It's a miracle
    Possibilities
    Do you wanna dance?

    Boy we can do much more together!
    Better get a life get a life get a life get a life
    Boy we can do much more together!
    Better get a love get a love get a life get a love
    Boy we can do much more together!
    Better get it right get it right get it right get it right
    Boy we can do much more together!

    It's not so impossible! (x5)

    Do you wanna dance?

    Boy we can do much more together
    It's not so impossible
    (x15)


    [Boy, we can do much more together
    It's not so impossible]
    (x6)


    ==PART FIVE (22:52)==

    I never meant to cause you pain
    My burden is the weight of a feather
    I never meant to lead you on
    I only meant to please me, however

    And then you tell me:
    Boy, we made such a mess (x2)
    Boy, we made such a mess together (x2)

    I'm nothing but a selfish man
    I'm nothing but a privileged brother
    And did you think I'd stay the night?
    And did you think I'd love you forever?

    And then you tell me:
    Boy, we can do much more (x2)
    Boy, we can do much more together (x3)
    I gotta tell you:
    Girl, I want nothing less (x2)
    Girl, I want nothing less than pleasure (x2)

    I gotta tell you:
    Boy, we made such a mess (x2)
    Boy, we made such a mess together (x6)
    logicaseon December 22, 2010   Link

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