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Sufjan Stevens — Chicago
Album: Illinois
Avg rating:
7

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Total ratings: 2566









Released: 2005
Length: 6:03
Plays (last 30 days): 2
I fell in love again
All things go, all things go
Drove to Chicago
All things know, all things know
We sold our clothes to the state
I don't mind, I don't mind
I made a lot of mistakes
In my mind, in my mind

You came to take us
All things go, all things go
To recreate us
All things grow, all things grow
We had our mindset
All things know, all things know
You had to find it
All things go, all things go

I drove to New York
In a van with my friend
We slept in parking lots
I don't mind, I don't mind
I was in love with the place
In my mind, in my mind
I made a lot of mistakes
In my mind, in my mind

You came to take us
All things go, all things go
To recreate us
All things grow, all things grow
We had our mindset
All things know, all things know
You had to find it
All things go, all things go

If I was crying
In the van with my friend
It was for freedom
From myself and from the land
I made a lot of mistakes
I made a lot of mistakes
I made a lot of mistakes
I made a lot of mistakes

You came to take us
All things go, all things go
To recreate us
All things grow, all things grow
We had our mindset
All things know, all things know
You had to find it
All things go, all things go

You came to take us
All things go, all things go
To recreate us
All things grow, all things grow
We had our mindset (I made a lot of mistakes)
All things know, all things know (I made a lot of mistakes)
You had to find it (I made a lot of mistakes)
All things go, all things go (I made a lot of mistakes)
Comments (422)add comment
 ankanpaul024 wrote:
8
 
I'll go +1 and join you there....Sufjan's music is growing on me, he seems like an interesting cat....Long Live RP!!
8
He's got a great christmas album........played all season around my hood........all original too, no cheesy covers.

Coldplay?? I dislike coldplay.....
bUBLE gUM kA ka!
Drivel
A little repetitive, repetitive, repetitive...
 sfyi2001 wrote:


 

this is, sir/maam, sfy, pure genius. i've still laughing as i type this. ha!
 westslope wrote:
So what are lyrics about?

The song came a little too early to be an ode to Barack Obama. 

 
pizza.  wonderful chicago pizza!  wudditsabout
So what are lyrics about?

The song came a little too early to be an ode to Barack Obama. 

 kylieh wrote:
Love this whole album...
 
Me too. Very me too.
 {#Yes}luismond wrote:
nice {#Neutral}

 


nice {#Neutral}
Bill says the last song, Hozier — Like Real People Do, appears to be about zombies and he follows up with a Sufjan song that isn't They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh!? Missed opportunity! ;P
Love this whole album...
 Agreed...really good

WonderLizard wrote:
Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know
Xavier Rudd - Mana
Alison Brown Quartet - Mambo Banjo
Sufjan Stevens - Chicago

Brilliant set. One of the many, many reasons I listen to RP.

 

Turn it up!  Quintessential RP track.

What a character:
Sufjan Stevens performing, July 2016
 Steely_D wrote:
I have no idea why this song triggers a visceral sadness, but I just accept it...

You know St. Vincent played guitar with this guy? 

 
Most songs on Illinois elicit a visceral sadness.  It might be that Sufjan admits to crying in almost every song (or, in this song, suggests that he might be crying)
Some Sufjan! Nicely done Bill. Keep on surprising me, I'll always listen. I've turned on so many of my friends to this.
Reminds me of Elbow
 copymonkey wrote:

No offense, but I think you've got bad read on this. Consider words like irony and nuance. An artist should always be searching. If you listen to Sufjan's latest, you'll see he's still looking for answers, and expressing that in a very powerful way.

 

Thanks.  No offense taken, my comment was intentionally over the top.

It's not the lyrics as much as his "sound" that bothers me about this tune, and almost everything else I've heard from him.  

I have no doubt that he's talented, there's just something that really bugs me about his music.  Maybe I'll "get it" sometime in the future, but for now, I'll pass.

 
Dear Sufjan,

Stay away from the South & West Sides if you're going to Chicago...It's a friggin' WAR ZONE THESE DAYS! 
" If I could get my shit together,
I could write commercial jingles." 
 chyk5 wrote:

Well said! This kid is immensely talented.

  In my mind, in my mind...

He's gonna' be YUGE!

 copymonkey wrote:

No offense, but I think you've got bad read on this. Consider words like irony and nuance. An artist should always be searching. If you listen to Sufjan's latest, you'll see he's still looking for answers, and expressing that in a very powerful way.

 
Well said! This kid is immensely talented.
 Skid_Mark wrote:
This song makes me think of megachurches, insipid lyrics on gigantic screens, and people with arms raised, giving it up for Jesus.

No offense intended if that's anyone's thing, but everything I've heard from this guy sounds a little too much like watered down wussy "contemporary" Christian music to me.
 

 
No offense, but I think you've got bad read on this. Consider words like irony and nuance. An artist should always be searching. If you listen to Sufjan's latest, you'll see he's still looking for answers, and expressing that in a very powerful way.
I suppose he's abandoned his "fifty states" project, which I once calculated, at his rate of production, would have taken us to some time after 2090. Still, it was a pretty good idea.
This song makes me think of megachurches, insipid lyrics on gigantic screens, and people with arms raised, giving it up for Jesus.

No offense intended if that's anyone's thing, but everything I've heard from this guy sounds a little too much like watered down wussy "contemporary" Christian music to me.
 
 Steely_D wrote:
I have no idea why this song triggers a visceral sadness, but I just accept it...

You know St. Vincent played guitar with this guy? 

 
Many, many of his tracks do the same for me. It's not dark though, just a soft and peaceful sadness. Enjoy the motion in your soul as much as I am...
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Nope, still sucks.
Blissful! Love Sufian...
{#Crown}
 Mattan wrote:
Funny guy: https://blogs.walkerart.org/walkerseen/2014/02/19/valentines-message-im-your-man-love-sufjan/
 
That is really cool. :)
Love this song.  Also love Chitty Bang's hip hop cover as well.
Funny guy: https://blogs.walkerart.org/walkerseen/2014/02/19/valentines-message-im-your-man-love-sufjan/
Love those horns!! Almost sounds like a Dandy Warhols song....


Ha. I like this set:

Andrew Bird - Pulaski At Night
Sufjan Stevens - Chicago

I'm wondering if the next one might be from Chicago Transit Authority? Or maybe Great Lakes Swimmers?

This is kind of fun. Bill, you have a great job. Enjoy yourself! 
Phenomenal song. Sufjan may have made a lot of mistakes, but this song wasn't one of them. 
 Bultaco wrote:
 WonderLizard wrote:
Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know
Xavier Rudd - Mana
Alison Brown Quartet - Mambo Banjo
Sufjan Stevens - Chicago

Brilliant set. One of the many, many reasons I listen to RP.


I guess it's on tape.........forever. Same set tonight.

Not a criticism, Bill, believe me!

Michael 

 
Same set - will the brilliance ever fade?
Gif of people encased in balls, bouncing

Sufjan, we have a ball just for you...
 WonderLizard wrote:
Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know
Xavier Rudd - Mana
Alison Brown Quartet - Mambo Banjo
Sufjan Stevens - Chicago

Brilliant set. One of the many, many reasons I listen to RP.

 
I guess it's on tape.........forever. Same set tonight.

Not a criticism, Bill, believe me!

Michael 
Thanks for the PSD feature, RP.
This entire album is a solid 10.
I liked this song enough when I heard it that I immediately went to check out the rest of the album and some earlier ones. Yeah ... never again. I do still like this though.
 Steely_D wrote:
I have no idea why this song triggers a visceral sadness, but I just accept it...

 
I feel the same, and i like it...
 KaraokeVox wrote:
interesting take on blues...not the same ol black voice mimick
 
Wait...what?
Love this transition.  - Chicagoan
 
Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know
Xavier Rudd - Mana
Alison Brown Quartet - Mambo Banjo
Sufjan Stevens - Chicago

Brilliant set. One of the many, many reasons I listen to RP.
I have no idea why this song triggers a visceral sadness, but I just accept it...

You know St. Vincent played guitar with this guy? 
interesting take on blues...not the same ol black voice mimick
Does not correspond to the city -- should not be called "Chicago"
You have made a lot of mistakes... One of them being making this song. 
 ScottN wrote:
PSD.. comes close to earning my only "1". 
*bump*
No likey.
Never heard this before - love it
*sigh*

...another could'a-been-decent song wrecked by the inability of the vocalist to carry a melodic tune.

-- Is singing a lost art?  I wouldn't think so, because the back-up chorus is OK.

4.
BIG MISTAKE - Mister Stevens!
PSD.. comes close to earning my only "1".
Very good! 
Now I'm going to go listen to the WHOLE album.... just that good
 
I'm sorry, but Sufjan just does not put me in the mood: 

Charles Addams cartoon: Addams family pouring boiling oil on Christmas carols
I've mad aolt of mistakes.






lol
{#Heartkiss}    Love this song.   A Lot.
Love this song!
When this came out and I was hearing him on RP it was a magical time for me and many people in Tokyo; I can never forget it -- Thanks!
 justin4kick wrote:
I had to check instantly what my rating was for this song. Oh I see a 9. What a good taste I have. {#Wink}

 
In the exact same boat! It had been a while, and it was nice to hear this one again.
 vandal wrote:
Was already in a sour mood - this just pushed me over the top.  When the pizza guy gets here, I'm siccing the dogs on him. . . 

 
Hah !   Hah !   Hah !   Hah !  

Thanks vandal!  That made me laugh out loud.   Sufi guy sours my mood too, but I just hit the  Pizzas Still Delivered  button.

I find his voice slightly annoying, but this is an amazing song. Great production.
I had to check instantly what my rating was for this song. Oh I see a 9. What a good taste I have. {#Wink}
Too bad there is not a zero.

Everybody in my churches loves this song...
 
 bpkengor wrote:

how many would that be?    {#Notworthy}

 
Do you count romeotuna reincarnation, lazarus, too?
I'll be there, although, may be because it's morning when this is a night tune, I wouldn't give the same rate. Doesn't matter, I like it anyway
I never get tired of this song
Love it! >>>8
 vandal wrote:

Nice - another douchebag who thinks that because I don't like sufyawn that I'm a troll.  I have 2 sufyawn CDs, I've seen him in concert, and I'm pretty sure its ok if I don't like him and express my opinion.  

btw: I donate to this station regularly - how about you? 
 

 

I actually wrote that because I was pissed off that you called someone else a troll - and with that nice big funny troll photo to boot...sorry.  I hate people who call people trolls.  It won't happen again.  I do donate, and I think your posts are very funny.
dicovered him here, bought the disc love it....
Hope College represent! Go Flying Dutchmen.
 nrahk wrote:
Tough crowd. This song is a beaut!
 
It IS a tough crowd here. But so it should be to keep the standards high. Some tunes get more negative comments than others but the ratings don't lie and those songs that the collective audience here mark down usually don't get played again - well - apart from a few notable exceptions like Denge Fever :) But Bill plays that to shake some people up.
 johnjconn wrote:
This song is wimpy.
Wonder if Cold Play had hand in writting it?
 
A few things I am confused about regarding this comment:
1) is wimpy a musical category?
2) aside from being what you call wimpy, do you really think this song resembles coldplay?

Shame the John Wayne Gacy track off this record hasn't been played since 2007 - I know it's a bit disturbing but hey, we're all grown up, and who else has written a track like that!!


Doesn't seem to reflect the sound or spirit of Chicago (nor any of the suburbs).  It's too sickeningly sweet.  
 johnjconn wrote:
This song is wimpy.
Wonder if Cold Play had hand in writting it?
 
{#Cheesygrin}


 ScottN wrote:

Well, still a two...barely.

 
i gave it a 4, but the lyrics are on my nerves today. usually i love all things chicago.

I like this song.  Nice upbeat change from today's mellow playlist.
Criticizing a song for being repetitive is just plain lazy as just about 99.9% of all music is repetitive to some extent.  One could argue that non-repetitive music is not really music at all, but noise.
Tough crowd. This song is a beaut!
This song is wimpy.
Wonder if Cold Play had hand in writting it?
My appreciation for Sufjans stuff was substellar to begin with, over time and many rotations around RP it has declined enough (at least in my ears) that I eagerly await its last flaming descent.
I agree this song is annoying.  Repetiion.  Bubble  gummy....  I give it a generous '2' rating.
 Bridieboo wrote:
This song really annoys me for some reason.
 
the repetition? the repetition?

can't dig this song (oh, I can't, oh I can't)!
 mauguima wrote:
This guy loves to repeat, to repeat.
 
Yes, yes, he does.....he does.....
 romeotuma wrote:


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
 
how many would that be?    {#Notworthy}


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
Going back to Chicago, been 13 years. Sure it's changed, but it will always be the city of big shoulders.
 WonderLizard wrote:
Whatever happened to his vaunted project to cut an album for all 50 states?
 
P-l-e-a-s-e don't remind him. 
This song really annoys me for some reason.
 jktravl wrote:
I really like this, anyone know how the rest of the album is?
 
Fantastic album - this is my favourite track, and if you like this, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
This guy loves to repeat, to repeat.
 ScottN wrote:
If this song of Stevens' stays in rotation, it may finally become my first 1.  Since RP seems to think a lot of him I want to be generous. Alas, other of his songs have an equal, possibly even superior, chance to become my first 1.  Just plain lousy, imo.  I want to find a shred of a redeeming quality to keep it at a 2..
 
Well, still a two...barely.

Whatever happened to his vaunted project to cut an album for all 50 states?
 jackandmeredith wrote:
The whole album is rock solid. I normally don't pay much attention to lyrics but he writes great stories into his music especially Casmir Pulaski Day.
 

Couldn't agree more with all of that! Casmi Pulaski Day is my all time fav from him!
The whole album is rock solid. I normally don't pay much attention to lyrics but he writes great stories into his music especially Casmir Pulaski Day.
Sufjan reminds me of the main character in Rushmore, except that he's taken over the band class, locked the teacher out, and is using his peers to bring his crazy ideas to life. I also love the Steve Reich/Phil Glass touches on this album.
Just a whole buncha lotsa sweetness...about loving again..such a romantic I am..{#Bounce}
I generally don't like Sufjan Stevens, but I find I like this very much on second listen.  However, the album cover still annoys; or should I say illannoys!

I really like this, anyone know how the rest of the album is?
 Cynaera wrote:
I still really love this song, and I don't take into account what naysayers write.  Yes, it's quirky and not for everyone's palate, but it suits me just fine, thankyouverymuch.  Now - let's all DANCE. {#Roflol}
 


I am ready to dance...  I love this song...  I agree— it is quirky...   I find it deeply emotive...

This song reminds me of Elbow. It has that dense, intricate kind of Elbow arrangement. {#Music}
 rdo wrote:


TROLL  
 
Nice - another douchebag who thinks that because I don't like sufyawn that I'm a troll.  I have 2 sufyawn CDs, I've seen him in concert, and I'm pretty sure its ok if I don't like him and express my opinion.  

btw: I donate to this station regularly - how about you? 
 

 vandal wrote:
Was already in a sour mood - this just pushed me over the top.  When the pizza guy gets here, I'm siccing the dogs on him. . . 
 

TROLL  
Not a big Sufjan fan, but I do love this.
Was already in a sour mood - this just pushed me over the top.  When the pizza guy gets here, I'm siccing the dogs on him. . . 
Sufjan's music seems to inspire love or hate. What I've heard of this album puts me distinctly in the latter category. His trembly, fearful quavering is mostly to blame for that. 
 Derecho wrote:


 
I LOVE this picture - did you take it yourself, or is it goniffed from anoter website somewhere?  If it's yours, you should submit it to the RadioParadise HD gallery.  If you've already done that, I'll have to block time to see if it pops up... Meanwhile, I'm shamelessly using it as my desktop background, until I feel the need for something shinyhappy.


...every time this song ends i hear filigree and shadow...