Sufjan stevens john wayne gacy jr

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Lyrics submitted by attractivecousin. Log in now to tell us what you think this song means. Log in. Lyrics Artists add. John Wayne Gacy, Jr. Sufjan Stevens Comments 0 Tags. His father was a drinker and his mother cried in bed Folding John Wayne's t-shirts when the swing set hit his head The neighbors, they adored him For his humor and his conversation Look underneath the house there Find the few living things, rotting fast, in their sleep Oh the dead Twenty-seven people Even more, they were boys, with their cars, summer jobs Oh my God Ooh, are you one of them?

He dressed up like a clown for them With his face paint white and red And on his best behavior In a dark room on the bed he kissed them all He'd kill ten thousand people With a slight of his hand, running far, running fast to the dead He took off all their clothes for them He put a cloth on their lips, quiet hands, quiet kiss on the mouth And in my best behavior I am really just like him Look beneath the floor boards For the secrets I have hid Edit Lyrics. Lyrics submitted by attractivecousin John Wayne Gacy, Jr. Add Your Thoughts Comments. My Interpretation The most haunting and thought-provoking song I've ever heard.

And although there's no question that John Wayne Gacy's actions were horrendous and terrible, you have to feel sympathy for the man for becoming mentally instable enough to commit such vile acts. It's unfortunate that he couldn't overcome his demons and that 33 lives were lost because of this. But you have to wonder how Stevens could possibly vilify himself to that level of evil after hearing that chilling final verse. Even though I believe Sufjan Steven's prominent religious themes are discussed too heavily when it comes to discussing the meanings of his songs, ultimately I think Stevens is asking here "what constitutes a sin?

Are we really forgiveable for the sins we commit? Is murder really 'the ultimate sin', or is Stevens as guilty as Gacy for having sinned against others for his own sake? People always end up regreting and questioning the bad things they do, as if they didn't really mean it and it was beyond their control. But what control did Gacy have over his troubled childhood, his indifferent father, or even his urge to kill and molest those boys?

Could John Wayne Gacy's murderous tendancies be credited to the sins of other human beings? And did he deserve to become the troubled man that he became? Stevens is trying to say that nobody has the right to classify him as a 'monster', because ultimately he was just as much a human being as anybody else, a human distorted by the inevitable evil of the human condition. Any one of us could have turned out like Gacy. His murders just go to show that human species is truly capable of evil, because we don't have control over how we are raised.

We have all done things that we never thought we were capable of, and although we may want to deny it, we are all in some way like John Wayne Gacy, Jr. Aaron on July 08, Link. No Replies Log in to reply. There was an error. General Comment The moment when Sufjan first breaks into falsetto at "oh my god" is one of the most chillingly beautiful things I've ever heard Yoshiidino on May 05, Link. I couldn't agree with you more. It forces the hairs on the back of my neck to stand up.

Yeah, I sometimes repeat the song just to hear that. I've definitely rewinded the song just to hear that again Eerily pretty Fits the song perfectly. LtAxlerod on November 09, Yoshiidino It honestly makes my heart hurt. The older I get the more I feel it everytime. No words can quite describe everything that makes this song just so special. General Comment I thought that it was pretty clear why he describes Gacy as being "just like him". The majority of the time when he refers to Gacy he talks about his childhood -and its normality.

He gives a few little details which underline this. To all intents and purposes there is no reason that I, nor Sufjan can work out why Gacy turned out the way he did and Sufjan did not. That's what the song is mostly about. When he says "and in my best behaviour" it's like he's transporting himself back to his childhood no adults seriously talk about themselves as being 'on their best behaviour' for the purposes of comparing himself directly with Gacy.

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In this respect the song is partly about a loss of innocence and the mystery behind why similar people take different paths. It always annoys me slightly when christians try to read too much into sufjan. I love the purity of his spirituality he references faults of and doubts about his god in his lyrics. I doubt that god enters into everything stevens does -sure his religion is an influence but I think it would be a mistake to say that his beliefs influence his songs any more than say, the town where he grew up or his childhood.

BUT I might be one of those annoying Christians you speak of. I don't claim Sufjan nor his lyrics. Romans 7 says "I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. We all have the capacity to do terrible evil things. Unfortunately that's just where our hearts are. I may think that my intentions are good but in my heart I'm really doing certain things for selfish gain.

Sufjan and yes he might be referring to the innocence of childhood, I'm not an expert could be referring to the fact that we all have the capacity, like Gacy, to do terrible things.

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LindenRianna on March 11, I'm a Christian and to me Sufjan is something else. I agree, not every song of his has a religious meaning or needs one. And I know of the people you're talking about that "claim him", it's kind of embarrassing, haha. But I do think the last line is a reference to the way God views sins.

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All are equal. But I'm sure this can be said for humanity itself, what's to say stealing is worse than drinking under age? Sure we have laws I think it can go both ways. Seriously, everything else Christian I've heard sucks. LovePeaceRachel on September 24, I didn't really think of Sufjan as religious until I went online and read some of these comments. That's probably just because I'm an atheist and Jesus isn't really ever on my mind. General Comment This song fills me with such strange emotions.

It is one of the most beautiful songs that I have ever heard and it is about a serial killer. Sufjan is a true artist. General Comment Well, from a Christian perspective, when Sufjan sings "I am really just like him," it is harking back to the foundational belief that all men are sinful and none of them are worthy in God's eyes. So even though Sufjan probably hasn't ever murdered anyone or committed any act that heinous in human terms, the state of his soul before coming to Christ was no better than John Wayne Gacy's.

That is one of the many reasons why Christianity makes absolutely no sense. It is ridiculous to me that people actually believe that saying "god damn it" is just as bad as kidnapping, molesting, and murdering little innocent children. If that is really the way "God" thinks, then he is really a fucking asshole and I don't see why anyone would want to worship him.

I couldn't aggree with you more, dagsman. You see, the government judges us to protect others, so the more people you hurt, and the more you hurt them, the more of a crime you commit. However, God judges purely our soul.

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He's not an idiot, so if you had a terrible childhood, He'll hold you less able than someone who's been raised well. Be grateful, dagsman - I'm assuming you won't be held as able for calling Him a "fucking asshole" as I would be : grinandbarrett on December 09, Some people just can't appreciate things that are a little complex. The simplest answer to Dagsman is this: Whether we are murderers or small-time crooks, we are guilty before an omnipotent and infinitely holy God. I'm not a Christian at all but I will be the first one to declare that non-Christians are so often just plain arrogant.

Christians have at least begun to understand humanity's nature and state in the universe. Maps on August 28, Dagsman, it is in no way a matter of being "just as bad".

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It's a fundamental understanding for us Christians that sin is sin and no matter how much community service and good deeds that we do we are still unworthy of grace. And please, do control your tongue because calling God a "fucking asshole" is rather offensive and I can speak for others when I say that's just not necessary nor true. Rotten0Bananaz on December 09, General Comment wow. JeremyB1 on July 16, Link. My Interpretation I think that the last verse, which people seem to think means that Sufjan is a murderer, could relate to the lines "The neighbors they adored him.

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For his humor and his conversation. Then the line at the end "and in my best behaviour I am really just like him," what's important are the words "best behaviour" - Sufjan isn't saying he's a bad person, he's saying that he, like all other men and women have the capacity to kill. He already has his secrets. Who's to say he doesn't have the ability to hide his own bodies? General Comment Yes, that interview sounds pretty much like what I thought. That there doesn't seem to be a reason why some people commit murder and some don't. Which is why sufjan writes himself into the song. So yes, Beulahrawk, I do refute that the song is about religion.

And it's certainly not what this song in question is about. I definitely agree with your statement about spirituality.

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I get a more rounded holistic feel-good vibe from his songs than a loony Pat Robertson vibe. But, for the record, I'll say that I'm a spiritual person but I don't believe a word written in the bible. Having no proof of god really fails to stand up to logic in the real world.

My Interpretation The most important lyrics in this song to me are "are you one of them? We are all of us damaged and timid, wearing painted masks, running from something, running from everything.

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