Sufjan Stevens: Casimir Pulaski Day

Casimir Pulaski Day is track ten in Sufjan Stevens's 2005 album, Illinois. It's neo-folk, guitar and banjo behind Sufjan's breathy voice. The song feels unbelievably sweet, but its lyrics make it memorable.

Goldenrod and the 4H stone
The things I brought you when I found out 
You had cancer of the bone

Goldenrod is a perennial weed that grows in ditches and wild meadows across America. It is the state flower of Kentucky and Nebraska (not Illinois). The 4H stone is a reference that no one understands, perhaps because it isn't actually a reference. The forced rhymes are sort of cute, but they get better.

Tuesday night at the Bible study
We lift our hands and pray over your body
But nothing ever happens.

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