For the entirety of 2007 so far, I’ve been obsessed with this song, by Sufjan Stevens. The writing is astonishingly good. And the banjo is so poignant. And the song conveys innocence and loss so sincerely, and with a lighter touch than just about any I’ve ever heard.
And this line: “In the morning, when you finally go, and the nurse runs in with her head hung low, and the cardinal hits the window.” This line shocked me to tears the first time I made out the words.
Here he is live, singing it for you.
Have a lovely weekend.