Sufjan Stevens – Wallowa Lake Monster


[Chorus 1]
Spathiphyllum on his grave
Demogorgon or demigod the ghost parade
She wept among the weeds, hide and seek, for the fallen chief
We followed her to Joseph, near the Indian raid
And like the cedar waxwing, she was drunk all day
In the shade of "Hin-mah-too-yah…" (Red Napoleon)
As we wait for the waters to reside

[Verse 2]
[Verse 3]
As she waits for her children in the shade

But have you heard the story of my mother’s fate?
No oblation will bring her back to our place
Charybdis in its shallow grave
[Verse 1]

She gave us one last feature, the fullness of her face
[Chorus 2]
As the demon took her place
The undertow refrained with the flame of a feathered snake
She stayed within the deep end of Wallowa Lake

When the dragon submerged we knew she had died
Her remarkable stoicism and her pride
Fortune for the paperweight
As if you know the story of Wallowa Lake
We put her in the sheet, little wreath, candles on the crate
Leviathan first hid in the deep where her children sleep
She left us in Detroit in the rain with a pillowcase
She kept them hidden from the plague
As the monster showed its face