Sufjan Stevens – Wallowa Lake Monster

But have you heard the story of my mother’s fate?
And like the cedar waxwing, she was drunk all day
No oblation will bring her back to our place
She gave us one last feature, the fullness of her face
[Chorus 2]
As if you know the story of Wallowa Lake
Leviathan first hid in the deep where her children sleep
Spathiphyllum on his grave

She stayed within the deep end of Wallowa Lake

When the dragon submerged we knew she had died
We followed her to Joseph, near the Indian raid
Her remarkable stoicism and her pride
Charybdis in its shallow grave
She wept among the weeds, hide and seek, for the fallen chief

She kept them hidden from the plague

[Verse 1]
[Verse 2]
As we wait for the waters to reside
She left us in Detroit in the rain with a pillowcase
As she waits for her children in the shade
As the demon took her place
[Chorus 1]
We put her in the sheet, little wreath, candles on the crate
As the monster showed its face
In the shade of "Hin-mah-too-yah…" (Red Napoleon)
Demogorgon or demigod the ghost parade
[Verse 3]
Fortune for the paperweight
The undertow refrained with the flame of a feathered snake