Sufjan Stevens – John My Beloved — iPhone Demo Lyrics

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[Verse 1] Are we to speak, first day of the week
Stumbling words at the bar
Beauty blue eyes, my order of fries
Long island kindness and wine
Beloved of John, I get it all wrong
I read you for some kind of stone
Covered in lines, the fossils I find
Have they no life of their own?

[Chorus 1] So can we pretend sweetly
Before the mystery ends?
I am a man with a heart that offends
With its lonely and greedy demands
There’s only a shadow of me; in a manner of speaking I’m dead

[Verse 2] Such a waste, your beautiful face
Slumbering carpet arise
But you and your ring, your life-giving string
Come to me now as a friend
If history speaks, the kiss on my cheek
I’m painting the hills blue and red
They said beware, Lord hear my prayer
Anointing my love on your head

[Chorus 2] So can we be friends sweetly
Before the mystery ends?
I love you more than the world can contain
In its loneliest ramshackle head
There’s only a shadow of me; in a manner of speaking I’m dead

[Verse 3] I’m holding my breath
My signature death
What can be said of my heart?
If history speaks, the kiss on my cheek
Where there remains but a mark
Beloved my John, so I’ll carry on
Counting my cards down to one
And when I am dead, return to the bed
My fossil is bright in the sun