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->''"SUFJAN STEVENS plays the following instruments: acoustic guitar, piano, wurlitzer, electric bass, drum kit, electric guitar, oboe, Miriam's alto saxophone, Summin's flute, Daniel's banjo and/or Matt's banjo (depending on which one was in tune), Shara's glockenspiel, Laura's rickety accordion, a rented vibraphone, various recorders (Sufjan owns the tenor, soprano, and sopranino, but he borrowed Monique's alto), a Casiotone MT-70, sleigh bells, shakers, tambourine, triangle, and a Baldwin electric church organ. Oh Lord, help us!"''
-->-- From the ''Illinois'' liner notes

Sufjan Stevens (born July 1, 1975) is an American multi-instrumentalist, [[SingerSongwriter singer-songwriter]] and independent musician (born and raised in Michigan, now based in New York) beholden to no genre. He’s most famous for his albums about the states of Michigan and Illinois--featuring a mix of FolkMusic, BaroquePop, and PostRock--and for claiming that he planned to release similar albums for the other 48 states (a project he eventually scrapped and admitted was a "promotional gimmick"). However, he’s also released albums of straight folk music (''Seven Swans''), [[ElectronicMusic electronica]] (''Enjoy Your Rabbit''), and orchestral music (''The B.Q.E.''); and the genre of ''The Age of Adz'' and ''Silver & Gold'' could perhaps be described as “all of the above”.

[[Synopsis/SufjanStevens See here for a more in-depth survey of Sufjan’s career.]]

His musical collaborators include [[Music/{{Danielson}} Daniel Smith]], [[Music/TheNational Aaron and Bryce Dessner]], [[Music/StVincent Annie Clark]], [[Music/MyBrightestDiamond Shara Worden]], and the string quartet Osso. He's also one-third of the alternative hip-hop group Sisyphus, alongside Serengeti and Son Lux.

!!Discography:
* ''A Sun Came'' (2000)
* ''Enjoy Your Rabbit'' (2001)
* ''Michigan'', aka ''Greetings from Michigan, the Great Lake State'' (2003)
* ''Seven Swans'' (2004)
* ''A Sun Came!'' (2004) - Reissued version, with two bonus tracks and new cover art.
* ''Illinois'', aka ''Come On, Feel the Illinoise!'' (2005)
* ''The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras from the Illinois Album'' (2006)
* ''Songs for Christmas: Volumes I - V'' (2006)
* ''Run Rabbit Run'' (2009) - A rearrangement of ''Enjoy Your Rabbit'' for a string quartet.
* ''The B.Q.E.'' (2009)
* ''All Delighted People EP'' (2010)
* ''The Age of Adz'' (2010)
* ''Hit & Run, Vol. 1'' (2012) - Split 7" vinyl collaboration with Rosie Thomas.
* ''Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Vols. 6 -10'' (2012)
* ''Carrie & Lowell'' (2015)
* ''The Greatest Gift'' (2017) - Mixtape of ''Carrie & Lowell'' outtakes, remixes, and demos

Most of these can be streamed in their entirety on Sufjan's [[http://sufjanstevens.bandcamp.com/ Bandcamp page]].

By the way, Music/SnowPatrol got his first name wrong. It's pronounced "Soof-yahn", not "Suhf-yahn".

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!!To the Workers of the Rock River Valley Region, I Have an Idea Concerning Your Predicament, and It Involves Tube Socks, a Paper Airplane, Twenty-Two Able-Bodied Men, and the Following Tropes:
* AbortedArc: The Fifty States project. After ''Michigan'' and ''Illinois'', ''Carrie and Lowell'' was supposed to be a record about Oregon until he was dissuaded by his co-producer. This also explains the outtakes from ''The Greatest Gift'': "Exploding Whale" (about a whale carcass detonated in Florence, Oregon), "The Hidden River of My Life" (a reference to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_River_(Oregon) Rogue River]]), "City of Roses" and "Wallowa Lake Monster".
** References to Oregon are found in two other songs released in 2017, "Mystery of Love" (which again namedrops Rogue River) and "Tonya Harding", about the eponymous, Portland-born figure skater.
* AbusiveParents: "Pittsfield", listed under CallingTheOldManOut, below.
** The father in "This Was the Worst Christmas Ever!"
* AccidentalMisnaming / AffectionateNickname: According to "Eugene", his stepfather initially had difficulty remembering Sufjan's name:
-->''The man who taught me to swim, he couldn't quite say my first name\\
Like a father, he led community water on my head\\
And he called me Subaru''
* AlbumFiller: ''A Sun Came'' and its reissue both have bizarre spoken-word interludes between the songs.
* AlbumTitleDrop:
** The title of ''Silver & Gold'' comes from a lyric off "Justice Delivers Its Death".
** ''Carrie & Lowell''[='=]s TitleTrack namedrops the song/album.
** ''Michigan'' and ''Illinois'', reasonably, have ample examples of this.
* AlliterativeName: '''S'''ufjan '''S'''tevens.
* AlliterativeTitle:
** '''''S'''even '''S'''wans''.
** ''The '''G'''reatest '''G'''ift''.
** '''''R'''un '''R'''abbit '''R'''un''.
** "'''D'''eath with '''D'''ignity".
** Subverted with ''The '''A'''ge of '''A'''dz'': the last word is pronounced as "odds".
** The EitherOrTitle of "Oh Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head!" is "'''R'''ebuild! '''R'''estore! '''R'''econsider!"
* AllTakeAndNoGive: God Himself, according to "Casimir Pulaski Day."
* AmbiguouslyBi: While he's never spoken publicly about his sexuality (and refuses to discuss his love life in interviews), his songs have been known to carry both homoerotic and heteroerotic undertones, although it's the homoerotic ones that tend to raise more eyebrows and stir more speculation.
* AnachronicOrder: ''Carrie & Lowell'' jumps from the present to the past then back again, sometimes in the course of the same song; the event that opens the album (the titular Carrie's death) isn't discussed in detail until mid-album.
** The second stanza of "Casimir Pulaski Day" (about the LoveInterest's father committing suicide) chronologically belongs at the end of the song.
* AnimalMotifs: The rabbit, which happens to be his Chinese zodiac sign. Horses, especially dead or tired ones, get a lot of mentions in ''Carrie and Lowell'' too.
** Birds make frequent appearances ("The Owl and the Tanager", "The Lord God Bird", "Majesty Snowbird", the pet names in "Fourth of July", "five red hens" in "Death with Dignity", all the mentions of meadowlarks, etc.), and Stevens has been known to wear wings in concert.
** "The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out to Get Us".
** "Springfield, or Bobby Got a Shadfly Caught in His Hair".
* AnimatedMusicVideo: Stevens has directed a number of stop-motion music videos [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22QKbw_c_yM for himself]] and [[https://youtu.be/IB1b2jvMkdA other musicians]] on his label.
** There's a BloodyHilarious [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDDAybCe1uI claymation video for "Mr Frosty Man"]], created by famed animator Lee Hardcastle.
* AntiChristmasSong: Found among the multitudes of his Christmas originals, most notably:
** "That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!", about two children spending the holiday with their abusive parents.
** "Did I Make You Cry on Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It)", about a relationship going sour as a result of what appears to be a mood disorder.
** "Sister Winter", about seasonal depression amplified by the end of a romantic relationship.
** "Christmas Unicorn", which is a criticism of the holiday's crass commercialism and the hypocrisy regarding its pagan past.
* AntiLoveSong: "Impossible Soul" veers into this in the very last, acoustic, part.
-->''I never meant to lead you on\\
I only meant to please me, however''
* ArcNumber: 7 (''Seven Swans'', "seven hours" in "The Owl and The Tanager", "seven times" in "The Predatory Wasp...", "seven miles" in "The Seer's Tower", etc.)
* AsTheGoodBookSays: His music is replete witn biblical references, even when the songs talk about secular things like bar hookups or summers spent in Oregon.
* AnAssKickingChristmas: The gory and hilarious claymation video for "Mr Frosty Man", about a snowman protecting a boy from a horde of zombies.
* AudienceParticipationSong: "Sister".
* AuthorAppeal: Astrology, romantic/sexual encounters with ambiguously-gendered partners, and obscure historical/geographical [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]], to name a few. Sonically speaking, he also has an obvious affinity for lavish, woodwind-heavy, symphonic compositions. (See also CreatorThumbprint, below.)
* AutoTune:
** Used conspicuously throughout "Impossible Soul".
** Applied to his vocals on "Here I Am!", his song from ''Hit & Run Vol. 1''.
** Used extensively on the entire ''Planetarium'' album. One particular example is the electropop-esque "Saturn".
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Not just him, but most of his family. See SesquipedalianSmith below.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: From "Should Have Known Better":
-->''My brother had a daughter / The beauty that she brings, illumination.''
* BaroquePop: He's one of the most prominent musicians in the genre.
* BasedOnATrueStory:
** John Wayne Gacy, Jr. was a real serial killer.
** ''Carrie & Lowell'' is entirely autobiographical, and some earlier songs ("Chicago", "The Mistress Witch from [=McClure=]", "Size Too Small") are reportedly based on incidents from Sufjan's life as well.
* BathSuicide: Discussed in "The Only Thing".
-->''The only thing that keeps me from cutting my arm\\
Cross hatch, warm bath, Holiday Inn after dark...''
* BeYourself: Subverted in "A Winner Needs a Wand", whose narrator knows that the standards imposed by society/God are toxic and that he can't fit into them — yet he can't help but try and conform in order to be "a winner".
-->''This life that's shut on me, that shouldn't be the grounds\\
To emulate an epicene[[note]]androgynous person[[/note]], to elevate a sound\\
This life, a winner needs, a winner needs a wand.''
* BigOlEyebrows: He's got them.
* BigOMG: Sufjan does one in "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." after noting how Gacy killed 27 teenage boys and young men (actually somewhere over 33). Especially interesting is how the "OMG" isn't traditionally yelled but softly and beautifully cooed.
* BittersweetEnding: ''Carrie & Lowell'' ends with "Blue Bucket of Gold", in which Sufjan (after admitting his deep emotional wounds in "John My Beloved" and unsuccessfully attempting to heal them in "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross") begins quietly moving on from his mother's death. He pleads for someone to fill the hole left with her departure, whether it be a friend or God, and the song ends with an ambient crescendo that, [[WordOfGod according to Sufjan]], symbolizes [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments him finally letting go and surrendering his mother to the beyond]].
* BizarreInstrument: [[https://i1.sndcdn.com/artworks-000117156794-rj4gdq-t500x500.jpg The guitalin]] — a lute-like instrument invented in the 1960s — featured heavily in ''Carrie & Lowell'' and in subsequent live shows.
* BoleroEffect:
** "The BQE, Mvt. III: Linear Tableau with Intersecting Surprise" is all buildup, and the crescendo only comes in "Mvt. IV: Traffic Shock".
** "Djohariah" builds up to a crescendo twice, before ending as a quiet acoustic song.
* BookEnds:
** ''Illinois'' opens with the squeaking of a piano stool and two short introductory tracks, and then goes into the first full EpicRocking, two-part song on the album, "Come On, Feel the Illinoise," which opens with a piano riff and is in UncommonTime. The last EpicRocking, two-part song on the album, "The Tallest Man, the Broadest Shoulders," also opens with a piano riff and is in UncommonTime. It is followed by two short closing tracks and the squeaking of a piano stool.
** ''The Age of Adz'' begins ("Futile Devices") and ends (the last movement of "Impossible Soul") with quiet acoustic songs, contrasting with the rest of the album's electronic bombast.
* BreakupSong: "Enchanting Ghost", "I Walked", "Impossible Soul", "Dumb I Sound".
* BrokenRecord: The end of "I Want to Be Well"; the end of "Kill"; and parts of ""Impossible Soul".
* BSide: Few and far between, since he normally releases singles digitally. One exception to the rule is "Borderline", a B-side for "The Dress Looks Nice on You".
* BSODSong: "I Want to Be Well".
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Despite being (in)famous for his curious costume choices, weird dance moves, a non-rock'n'roll fascination with Christianity, and an uneven, erratic work output, he is a very prolific musician and is widely considered to be one of the best songwriters of his generation.
* ButLiquorIsQuicker: "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross".
-->''Like a champion, get drunk to get laid''.
* CallAndResponseSong: "Impossible Soul".
* CallBack:
** During the second movement of "Impossible Soul", there are a few times when the female voice sings the word "do" the same way that Sufjan sings it at the end of the first chorus of "Futile Devices".
** Earlier, "Chicago" (from ''Illinois'') reuses a section of melody from "The Transfiguration" (from ''Seven Swans'').
** A portion of the melody from "Upper Peninsula" is reused in "They Are Night Zombies...".
** Part of the melody from "Detroit" reappears in "The Mystery of Love".
** His version of "Joy to the World" from ''Silver and Gold'' takes a chorus from "Impossible Soul" and a sample from another track in the same album, "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
** "Wallowa Lake Monster", a ''Carrie & Lowell'' outtake, notably contains ''Illinois''-esque horns in its extended outro.
* CallingTheOldManOut: "Pittsfield" from ''The Avalanche'' describes a neglectful (and possibly emotionally abusive) parent or guardian. It opens with the narrator affirming their own independence and reflecting that they are no longer afraid of this person.
-->''I'm not afraid of you now, I know / so I climb down from the bunk bed this slow / I can talk back to you now, I know / from a few things that I learned from this TV show / You can work late til midnight; we don't care / We can fix our own meals, we can wash our own hair''
* CarpeDiem: From "Fourth of July":
-->''Make the most of your life, while it is rife, while it is light.''
* CelebritySong: "Tonya Harding"; unusually for the trope, it ''is'', in fact, about Tonya Harding.
** "Saul Bellow" and "For Clyde Tombaugh", both off ''The Avalanche''.
* CharacterTitle: Too many to list them all here, but some examples include "Jason", "Djohariah", and "Tonya Harding".
* TheCheerleader: During the ''Illinoise'' tour, Stevens and the backing band were dressed as a [[http://asthmatickitty.com/images/sufjanstevens/sufjan_pressnoisemakers.jpg cheerleading unit]], called The Illinoisemakers and modeled after the cheerleaders of the University of Illinois.
* ChristmasInJuly: He has a song titled, quite fittingly, "Christmas in July".
* ChristmasSongs: He's recorded 100 of them, spread over 10 albums.
* CloudCuckooLander: Between the elaborate costumes, absurdly long song titles, and Christmas infomercials, occasionally yes.
* ClumsyCopyrightCensorship: ''Illinois'' initially had cover artwork with [[Comics/{{Superman}} Superman]] flying through the sky in the background. Shortly after releasing the album, the record label realized they never got permission from DC Comics to use Superman's likeness. To prevent a lawsuit, they took every copy that hadn't been sold yet and slapped a sticker of three balloons over the Man of Steel. Later reprintings of Illinois were less clumsy, and edited the cover art itself to replace Supes with either empty sky or the three balloons; and the 10-year anniversary edition has the Chicago-born superhero ComicBook/BlueMarvel in Superman's place (whose use on the cover has been approved by Marvel).
* ClusterFBomb: "I Want to Be Well" ends with the refrain "I'm not fucking around!" repeated over a dozen times.
** Doubles as a sort of PrecisionFStrike, as this song is the only one on the album (and the first in his catalog up to that point) to make use of the F word.
* CommonTime: He's been known to use it to great effect; notably, "Come On, Feel the Illinoise!" switches from [[UncommonTime 5/4]] to 4/4 midway through the song.
* ConceptAlbum: Very prevalent in Sufjan's work. So much that the marketing for ''The Age of Adz'' stressed the fact that Sufjan was finally releasing an album that ''has no concept.''
* CoverAlbum: ''Run Rabbit Run'', which is ''Enjoy Your Rabbit'' rearranged for a string orchestra.
* CoverVersion:
** His version of "[[Music/BobDylan Ring Them Bells]]," done for the ''I'm Not There'' soundtrack.
** "[[Music/TheBeatles What Goes On]]" for the CoverAlbum ''This Bird Has Flown''.
** Arthur Russell's "A Little Lost".
** For the ''Dark Was the Night'' charity compilation, he covered labelmate Castanets' "You are the Blood".
** "Lakes of Canada", originally by The Innocence Mission, covered in live performances and for a Blogotheque Take Away show.
** He also contributed an amazing reinterpretation of "[[Music/JoniMitchell Free Man In Paris]]" for a tribute album that reuses the lyrics of the original but strikes out with a drastic rearrangement of the melody and overall structure of the song. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPltG6Vl-ms Check it out!]]
** "Hotline Bling" was the encore for the ''Carrie & Lowell'' tour and it has ended up on the live album. Apparently, Sufjan has performed the song live ''more times than Music/{{Drake}} himself''.
** He's played a particularly violent and depressing version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" live.
** ''Silver & Gold'' includes a cover of Prince's "Alphabet St." What exactly the song has to do with Christmas is left to the listener to decide.
* CradlingYourKill: The titular "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." did this to his victims.
* CrappyHolidays: "Casimir Pulaski Day" and a number of [[AntiChristmasSong Anti-Christmas songs]] listed above.
* CrazyJealousGuy: The narrator of "All for Myself" acts perhaps a tad more...possessive of his boyfriend than strictly necessary.
* CreatorThumbprint: Biblical imagery, Greek myth, the landmarks of Michigan and Oregon, and birds feature in many of his songs.
* CrisisOfFaith:
** "Casimir Pulaski Day" revolves around the narrator suffering one after the death of a loved one due to bone cancer, musing over the emptiness of his religious practices and beliefs as a result.
-->''All the glory when He took our place\\
But He took my shoulders and He shook my face\\
And He takes and He takes and He takes...''
** It's also the subject of the aptly titled "Oh God, Where Are You Now? (In Pickerel Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?)", off ''Michigan''.
** This is a common interpretation of "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross," as well.
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** The lyrics on ''The Age of Adz'' deal a lot with emotions and personal themes including death, disease, illness, anxiety, and suicide.
** Considering it concerns his mother's death, ''Carrie and Lowell'' is easily his heaviest album lyrically.
** Earlier in his career, ''Michigan'' and ''Seven Swans'' marked a LighterAndSofter (or at least more accessible) turn after the heavy angst and experimentation of ''A Sun Came'' and ''Enjoy Your Rabbit''. ''Illinois'' sits somewhere in between the two modes, with its joke titles and peppy instrumentation accompanying songs about cancer and serial killers.
* DarkestHour: During the downward spiral detailed on ''Carrie & Lowell'', "John My Beloved" is the start of his realization of [[WhatHaveIBecome what he has become]], but "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross" is where he fully hits rock bottom, noting how he has tried distracting himself from his emotions with unhealthy behaviors like sleeping around and drug abuse.
* DarkReprise: At the end of "Impossible Soul", the optimistic "Boy, we can do much more together!" is transformed into a defeated "Boy, we made such a mess together".
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Explicitly mentioned in "All Of Me Wants All of You".
-->''You checked your texts while I masturbated''
* DaysOfTheWeekSong: "Casimir Pulaski Day", which lists Tuesday and Sunday and ends on a Monday (i.e. the titular holiday).
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The album art for ''The Greatest Gift'', as well as the original album art for ''A Sun Came''.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: The album cover for ''The B.Q.E.''.
* DespairEventHorizon: Thanks to the AnachronicOrder of the depicted events, this happens on various songs in ''Carrie & Lowell'', with "Should Have Known Better" providing the most blatant lyrics:
-->''Don’t back down, there is nothing left\\
The breakers in the bar, no reason to live''
* DestructiveRomance:
** "Drawn to the Blood", also listed under DomesticAbuse.
** "The Owl and the Tanager", about a secret, emotionally painful relationship (also involving some violence).
** "All of Me Wants All of You", about a relationship that's lost all passion and intimacy.
* DigitalPiracyIsOkay: He has stated in interviews that he has no problem with people sampling or illegally downloading his music.
-->I have a publisher and I make money from the publishing of the songs. That's a big part of an income, so I'm not going to pretend that I'm that socialistic about my music. But I'm not so possessive about it that I would sue anyone who misused it.
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Illinois'' was originally supposed to be this, but eventually the idea was scrapped as "presumptious" and "arrogant'; the [[CutSong cut songs]] were released a year later as ''The Avalanche''. That said, the cover art for ''The Avalanche'' echoes that of ''Illinois'', and the two albums are thematically linked by their connection to the state of Illinois.
* DomesticAbuse: The narrator in "Drawn to the Blood" suffers this. Unfortunately has a RealitySubtext. From the April 2015 issue of ''Uncut'' magazine:
-->Asked whether the abusive relationship described in "Drawn To The Blood" was [Sufjan's] own, he simply answers, "Yes."
* DoubleEntendre: "A Winner Needs a Wand" is ostensibly about the confines of masculinity, and the "wand" of the title is... [[PhallicWeapon a metaphor]].
* DoubleMeaning: "No shade in the shadow of the cross", from the song of the same name, could refer to two opposite things: the narrator is either able to escape the ghost (i.e. shade) of his mother through religion, ''or'' he's unable to find relief in religion.
* DreamTeam: He collaborated on ''Planetarium'' (an album inspired by the Solar System) with Music/TheNational guitarist Bryce Dessner, drummer James [=McAlister=], and contemporary classical music composer Nico Muhly.
** He has recorded and performed with Music/TheNational on a number of occasions.
* DrivenToSuicide: Implied to be the case for the father of the IllGirl from "Casimir Pulaski Day" ("...and he drove his car into the Navy Yard".)
* DrowningMySorrows: Detailed on ''Carrie & Lowell'', from a RealitySubtext.
-->''Now I'm drunk and afraid, wishing the world would go away.''
* DyingAlone: The most likely future of the narrator of "Flint".
-->''I forgot the start''\\
''Use my hands to use my heart''\\
''Even if I died alone.''
* DyingTown: Detroit is depicted as one in "Oh Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head!".
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: He's generally known as a folk / alt-rock musician, but his earliest releases were considerably more avant-garde. His debut album was an ambitious mix of cross-cultural ethnic folk, and was promptly followed by a glitch album, of all things.
* EasternZodiac: ''Enjoy Your Rabbit'', an electronica album where 12 compositions are titled "Year of [Animal]" (and the 13th is titled "Year of Our Lord").
* EchoingAcoustics: Frequent in his work, and particularly noticeable in ''Planetarium'' and throughout ''Carrie & Lowell''.
* EitherOrTitle: Both ''Michigan'' (aka ''Greetings from Michigan, the Great Lake State'') and ''Illinois'' (aka ''Come On, Feel the Illinoise!''), considering their album covers use different titles than the ones they are commonly referred to by.
* ElevenOClockNumber:
** The [[EpicRocking 25-minute]], multi-part "Impossible Soul" serves as the closer to ''The Age of Adz''.
** The lengthy, [[EpicRocking epic]] "Christmas Unicorn" sits at the end of ''Silver & Gold''.
** "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross", the penultimate song of ''Carrie & Lowell'', represents Sufjan hitting the bottom of his emotional downward spiral.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Detailed in "All Delighted People", "Seven Swans", "Marching Band", and "The Seer's Tower".
* EpicFail: Stated verbatim in "Exploding Whale".
-->''Embrace the epic fail\\
Of my exploding whale''
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "They Are Night Zombies..." among others.
** "Djohariah" goes on for almost 12 minutes before the actual lyrics start.
* EpicRocking: Many of his songs are over six minutes long; so far the longest is [[strike:"Year of the Horse" at 14 minutes]] [[strike:"Djohariah" at 17 minutes]] "Impossible Soul" at 25 minutes.
** ''Seven Swans'' and ''The B.Q.E.'' are the only albums to run for less than an hour.
** ''All Delighted People'', supposedly an EP, clocks in at '''59 minutes'''.
* EtherealChoir: Occasionally appears at the end of his songs (e.g. "Wallowa Lake Monster", "That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!" and, most famously, "Chicago".)
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "One Last Woo-Hoo! For The Pullman" has only one lyric: "Woo-hoo!"
* ExcitedShowTitle: ''A Sun Came!'', ''Come On, Feel the Illinoise!'', and many individual songs.
** The most excessive one is "They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh!"
** "Say Yes! To M!ch!gan!" deserves a mention as well.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Used all over the place.
* FaceOnTheCover: The original album art for ''A Sun Came''; the re-release changed it to a fantasy illustration.
* FollowYourHeart:
** Stated verbatim in "Vesuvius":
-->''Sufjan, follow your heart''\\
''Follow the flame or fall on the floor''
** The ending of "Come on, Feel the Illinoise!":
-->''Are you writing from the heart, are you writing from the heart?''
* GhostTown: "They Are Night Zombies..." references numerous Illinois ghost towns.
* GodIsLoveSongs: "To Be Alone with You", "The Greatest Gift".
* GoodIsNotNice: God is portrayed this way in a number of Sufjan songs. "Casimir Pulaski Day" is maybe the most straightforward example:
-->''All the glory [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} when He took our place,]]\\
but He took my shoulders and He shook my face\\
[[AllTakeAndNoGive and He takes and He takes and He takes...]]''
* GriefSong: ''Carrie & Lowell'' is comprised of these.
** "Casimir Pulaski Day".
* HappierHomeMovie: On the ''Carrie & Lowell'' tour, a few of the songs use home movies as a backdrop, often in contrast to their sad tones.
* HellishHorse: There's a whole gaggle of them in the cover art for the reissue of ''A Sun Came!''
* HeroicBSOD: The entirety of ''Carrie & Lowell'', written from the perspective of Sufjan coping with his mother's death.
* HippieParents: According to various interviews, Sufjan's parents.
* HookersAndBlow: It gives the narrator of "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross" no comfort at all.
* IAmTheBand: of the "solo artist who plays almost everything" variety. (It should be noted that he tours with a backing band, and most of his records - excepting ''All Delighted People'' - feature other performers, albeit in very limited roles).
* IconicItem: The [[https://consequenceofsound.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/sufjan-stevens-greatest-gift-mixtape-listen-stream.png giant feathery wings]] that he's occasionally worn in concert, starting from ''The Age of Adz'' tour and onward.
* IKissYourFoot: Mentioned in "Sister Winter"
-->''When I kissed your ankle, I kissed you through the night.''
* IllGirl: The LoveInterest in "Casimir Pulaski Day".
* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit: In concert, he's worn giant wings, a disco-ball onesie, and a costume made out of balloons.
* InNameOnly: ''All Delighted People '''[[BlatantLies EP]]'''''. It's longer than some of his albums.
* {{Instrumentals}}: About half of ''Illinois'' and ''The Avalanche''; the entirety of ''Enjoy Your Rabbit'', ''Run Rabbit Run'' and ''The [=BQE=]''; and "Redford" and "Tahquamenon Falls", off ''Michigan''.
* IntercourseWithYou:
** "Kill" ("he took the stable, bred me to be a mare").
** "All of Me Wants All of You" ("on the sheet I see your horizon / all of me pressed onto you").
** "All for Myself" ("impressions of the unmade bed / you cradled close to me, close to my ear").
* IWantSong:
** "I Want to Be Well", obviously.
** "All for Myself", with its repeated refrain of "I want it all, I want it all for myself".
** "Kill" is a dark version of the trope, with these repeated lines:
-->''I want to kill him, I want to cut his face, and when it's over, I know I'll feel okay.''
* LimitedLyricsSong:
** "Flint", which is only two stanzas long, with many of the words repeating.
** "Wolverine", a ''Michigan'' BSide, repeats a lot of the same lyrics.
* ListingCities:
** "The 50 States", a live-show-exclusive song.
** The refrain of "They are Zombies!.." spells out the names of no less than fifteen Illinois ghost towns.
** The EitherOrTitle of "Oh God, Where Are You Now?" is "In Pickerel Lake? Pigeon? Mackinaw? Marquette?"
* ListSong:
** The midsection of "Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head!" lists a series of Michigan-related buzzwords ("Henry Ford", "Pontiac", "Windsor Park", "Saginaw", "wolverine", "Iroquois", etc.) that ends with [[AlbumTitleDrop "Michigan"]].
** Part I of "Come on, Feel the Illinoise!" lists all the things that could be seen at the Chicago World Fair in 1893.
** "The Only Thing", [[BlatantLies despite its title]], is a list of things WorthLivingFor.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: "A Good Man is Hard to Find", based on the short story of he same name by Creator/FlanneryOConnor.
* LocationSong: ''Michigan'' and ''Illinois'', both concept albums about these US states. (''The Avalanche'' is also set in Illinois).
** "Eugene" off ''Carrie & Lowell''. In fact, if you take ''C&L'', add the outtakes from ''The Greatest Gift'', plus "Mystery of Love" and "Tonya Harding" for good measure, you'll get ''Oregon''.
** "The Owl and the Tanager" is set in or around Petoskey, Michigan, and "Great God Bird" takes place in Arkansas.
* LonelyPianoPiece: "Flint" and "The Seer's Tower" are two piano-led songs that both explicitly address the crippling loneliness of the narrator.
** "Redford" is an equally desolate albeit instrumental piano piece.
* LongSongShortScene: Two hidden songs show up as TheStinger in ''The BQE'' film: "The Sleeping Red Wolves" and an untitled noise-music piece. Neither are included on the soundtrack album.
* LongTitle: He was known for his ample use of this trope for naming songs at the start of his career.
** Some are longer than the songs they're attached to, such as "The Black Hawk War, or, How to Demolish an Entire Civilization and Still Feel Good About Yourself in the Morning, or, We Apologize for the Inconvenience but You're Going to Have to Leave Now, or, 'I Have Fought the Big Knives and Will Continue to Fight Them Until They Are Off Our Lands!'". It's a two minute long instrumental.
** Several (such as the one above) double as [[EitherOrTitle Either/Or Titles]].
** The full album titles of ''Michigan'' and ''Illinois'' are ''Sufjan Stevens Presents... Greetings from Michigan, the Great Lake State'' and ''Sufjan Stevens Invites You To: Come On Feel the Illinoise'', respectively.
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: The narrator / AuthorAvatar in ''Carrie & Lowell''.
* LostInTheMaize: ''Illinois'' has a short track about a real-life corn maze, titled "A Conjunction of Drones Simulating the Way in Which Sufjan Stevens Has an Existential Crisis in the Great Godfrey Maze".
* LoudnessWar: Almost completely averted. While a couple of songs can reach as low as [=DR5=], this is rare and he hasn't had a major release yet come in at below [=DR8=] overall. ''Carrie & Lowell'' is [=DR10=] even on the CD edition.
* LoveConfession: "Futile Devices" is about the insurmountable difficulty of making one.
* LoveHurts: A frequent subject of his songs.
** "The Owl and the Tanager" ("I'm bleeding in spite of my love for you, it bruised and bruised my will").
** "Enchanting Ghost" ("Did you cut your hands on me? Are my edges sharp? Am I a pest to feed?")
** "Drawn to the Blood" ("but my prayer has always been love — what did I do to deserve this?")
** "I Walked" ("at least I deserve the respect of a kiss goodbye").
** "Bad Communication" ("I'll talk, but I know you won't listen to me").
* LoveNostalgiaSong: "Visions of Gideon".
** "The Predatory Wasp...", subject to varying interpretations and escalated arguments, possibly qualifies.
* LyricalDissonance: Mostly of the "gentle music, harsh lyrics" variety. The biggest offender here is ''Carrie & Lowell'' in its entirety, with pretty melodies accompanying stories of parental neglect, death of loved ones, substance abuse, DomesticAbuse, failed relationships, SelfHarm, and suicidal thoughts.
** "I Want to Be Well" is an upbeat, uptempo song whose narrator suffers from an unspecified illness.
* LyricSwap: On ''The Greatest Gift'', the remix/demo versions of songs on ''Carrie & Lowell'' usually have several lines different, reflecting the progress between their unfinished states and what was featured on the album.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Stevens has five siblings, and large families feature in some of his songs, e.g. "Romulus", "Pittsfield", and "The Mistress Witch from [=McClure=]" — although the exact number of kids is never specified in the lyrics.
* MinisculeRocking: ''Illinois'' has a number of brief tracks (with overly-long titles like "A Short Reprise For Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, But For Very Good Reasons" or "One Last 'Whoo-hoo!' For The Pullman") ranging from 6 to 48 seconds long, which basically just serve as a coda for the preceding track. For some of these, you'd have to pay attention to your music player to even notice that they're a separate track.
* MissingMom: Sufjan's complicated feelings surrounding his rarely present mother Carrie are a common theme throughout ''Carrie & Lowell''.
** "Romulus" from the ''Michigan'' album also centers on this trope.
** As does "Wallowa Lake Monster" from ''The Greatest Gift'' (an album of ''Carrie & Lowell'' outtakes and remixes).
* MohsScaleOfLyricalHardness: Generally at around 4-6 (sadness, sexual metaphors), but can drop to as low as 0 (for the instrumentals) or 1-2 ("To Be Alone with You", "Majesty Snowbird", "The Dress Looks Nice on You", "Greatest Gift") or climb as high as 8-9 (the songs on ''Carrie & Lowell'' are quite explicit about suicidal urges, corpses, usage of hard drugs, and abusive relationships).
* MoodWhiplash:
** Happens from part to part of "Impossible Soul" (it's especially jarring toward the end, where it switches from loud, fun and dancey to a quiet acoustic ballad).
** On ''Illinois'', the joyous "Chicago" is directly followed by (and juxtaposed with) the mournful, tear-inducing "Casimir Pulaski Day".
** A few tracks earlier on the same album, the VERY dark "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." leads directly into the much more upbeat and optimistic "Jacksonville."
* MotorMouth: The narrator of "Too Much".
-->''Maybe I'm talking too fast, maybe I'm talking too much.''
* MultiPartEpisode:
** "Come On, Feel the Illinoise! (Part I: The World's Columbian Exposition – Part II: Carl Sandburg Visits Me in a Dream)".
** "The Tallest Man, the Broadest Shoulders (Part I: The Great Frontier — Part II: Come to Me Only with Playthings Now)".
** "Impossible Soul" is (unofficially) divided into 5 movements.
* MurderBallad: "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." and "A Good Man is Hard to Find".
* MyNaymeIs: "Sufjan" is a fairly popular name in the Middle East, but its traditional English spelling is with a Y ("Sufyan").
* NameAndName: ''Carrie & Lowell''.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: People often refer to Sufjan as "folk" or "indie folk", presumably either because (a) they think his straightforward folk songs are his best material, or (b) they'd rather not deal with the headache of figuring out what genre he really fits into.
* NewSoundAlbum: He's definitely prone to experimentation.
** ''Enjoy Your Rabbit'' is arguably his weirdest album, considering it's, of all things, a '''glitch''' album.
** ''Michigan'' synthesized Sufjan's influences (as seen on ''A Sun Came'') into baroque-folky goodness, and ''Illinois'' subsequently put a more grandiose and maximalist spin on this sound.
** ''Seven Swans'' is composed of quiet lo-fi indie rock.
** ''The Age of Adz'' transmutes the ''Illinois'' and ''B.Q.E.'' sound into--in the words of the official site--"an explicit pop-song extravaganza" with "a few danceable moments."
** ''Carrie & Lowell'', considering [[DarkerAndEdgier its]] [[DespairEventHorizon subject]] [[TearJerker matter]], retreats back to Sufjan's traditional indie folk sound with small bits of electronic tinkering for an atmospheric, ambient effect.
* NiceHat: He is known for wearing trucker hats (sometimes [[https://bandcampblog.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/sufjanstevens-600-1.jpg?w=600&h=400 more than one at a time]]).
* NonAppearingTitle: "Casimir Pulaski Day", "Holland", "Come on, Feel the Illinoise!".
* NoodleImplements: The ''Illinois''[[note]]the vinyl version, specifically; the name on the CD version omits everything after "Predicament"[[/note]] track "To the Workers of the Rock River Valley Region: I Have an Idea Concerning Your Predicament, and It Involves an Inner Tube, Bath Mats, and 21 Able-bodied Men."
* NoPronunciationGuide: In ''The Age of Adz'', "adz" is actually pronounced as "odds".
* NotChristianRock: Several of his songs deal with his faith, but it's debatable whether he actually qualifies as a Christian rock artist. Stevens himself doesn't seem to consider himself one, although he acknowledges some of his earlier music could be considered Christian rock, saying, "I don't think music media is the real forum for theological discussions. I think I've said things and sung about things that probably weren't appropriate for this kind of forum. And I just feel like it's not my work or my place to be making claims and statements, because I often think it's misunderstood."
* NotSoDifferent: Sufjan ends "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." by stating that in his refusal to act morally superior to anyone, he and John are this.
-->''And in my best behavior,''\\
''I am really just like him.''
** After noting how many young boys he killed, Sufjan asks "Are you one of them?", a question possibly posed towards John himself, since he was abused as a child in the same way that he abuses his victims and is therefore caught in a vicious cycle.
* NotStayingForBreakfast: The ending of "Impossible Soul":
-->''And did you think I'd stay the night?\\
And did you think I'd love you forever?''
* ObsessionSong: "All for Myself".
* OlderThanTheyLook: He was 30 when ''Illinois'' came out and made him famous, but he [[https://media.pitchfork.com/photos/592c56edeb335119a49f0d84/master/w_790/5ed7c3d9.jpg appeared five to ten years younger]], and he has remained fairly youthful-looking into his early forties.
* OneManSong: "Jason", "Vito's Ordination Song", "Abraham", "John Wayne Gacy, Jr.", "Adlai Stevenson", "Saul Bellow", "For Clyde Tombaugh", "John My Beloved", "Visions of Gideon", "Springfield, or Bobby Got a Shadfly Caught in His Hair".
** Subverted with "Eugene" and "Romulus", which are titled after towns (in Oregon and Michigan, respectively).
* OneWomanSong: "Djohariah", "Tonya Harding".
* OneWordTitle: "Chicago", "Borderline", "Eugene", "Vesuvius", "Holland", "Romulus", "Djohariah", "Pittsfield", "Sister", "Kill", "Arnika", "Heirloom", "Rake".
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: The press release for ''Songs for Christmas'' called it "the stocking stuffer of the century! Which isn't saying much, considering the century is still so young!"
* ParentalNeglect: The underlying theme of ''Carrie & Lowell''.
** "Pittsfield".
* PelvicThrust: Done during live performances of "All of Me Wants All of You", presumably to make it clear that the song is indeed about a sexual relationship.
* PepTalkSong: "Majesty Snowbird", "The Dress Looks Good on You".
** Part IV of "Impossible Soul":
-->''It's a long life! Better pinch yourself!\\
Get your face together! Better stand up straight!''
* PerishingAltRockVoice: His typical vocal delivery, although he occasionally goes for a more energetic sound (notably on ''The Age of Adz'').
* PerspectiveFlip: The most common interpretation of "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is that it's from the perspective of the villain of Creator/FlanneryOConnor's short story of the same name.
* ThePlace: The albums ''Illinois'' and ''Michigan'', as well as numerous individual songs ("Flint", "Romulus", "Wolverine", "For the Widows in Paradise, for the Fatherless in Ypsilanti", "Redford", "Decatur", "The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts", "Jacksonville", "Peoria", , "Chicago", "Springfield", "Pittsfield", "Eugene", etc.)
* PopStarComposer: He scored the rodeo documentary ''Round-Up''.
** In 2017, he provided a number of original songs for the score of ''Film/CallMeByYourName''.
* PrecisionFStrike:
** "I'm not fucking around" from the end of "I Want to Be Well."
** "Fuck me, I'm falling apart" from "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross."
** "This world is a bitch, girl" from "Tonya Harding."
* PsychoStrings: "They Are Night Zombies!.."
* PublicDomain: He forfeited the rights to some of his later Christmas originals, and they can be downloaded legally for free on his [[http://sufjanstevens.bandcamp.com/ Bandcamp page]].
* {{Pun}}: "The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades...", off the album ''Illinois'', includes the line "I can't explain the ''state'' that I'm in."
* PunBasedTitle:
** ''Illinoise''.
** "The Seer's Tower" (referring to the Willis Tower, once known as the Sears Tower).
** "Get Behind Me Santa", which is a riff of "Get Behind Me Satan" (both a phrase from the Bible and the title of a Music/TheWhiteStripes album).
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Overlapping with ExcitedShowTitle; many of his song titles, notably "They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh!" and "Say Yes! To M!ch!gan!".
* QueerRomance: The most common interpretation of "The Owl and the Tanager" is that it's about an unhealthy and/or emotionally painful gay relationship (the two main characters are explicitly male in the original iteration of the song, but the genders are left vague in the version that made it to the ''All Delighted People'' EP).
* RadioFriendliness: Very low on the scale of radio support, due to his songs being too long / arty / niche; "Chicago" is the rare exception to the rule, as it got significant airplay at some point in time.
* RaisedByGrandparents: The narrator of "Romulus".
* RearrangeTheSong: It's safe to say Sufjan is fond of this trope.
** Sufjan has released five different version of "Chicago": the original, [[UnpluggedVersion the acoustic version]], the "adult contemporary easy listening" version, the "Multiple Personality Disorder" version, and the demo version.
** ''Run Rabbit Run'' rearranges ''Enjoy Your Rabbit'' in its entirety for a string quartet.
** There are two versions of "All Delighted People" (the regular one and the "classic rock" one).
** There are also two versions of "Tonya Harding" (one in D major, one in Eb major).
** Several official remixes and demo versions of several ''Carrie and Lowell'' tracks exist (to say nothing of the ''C&L'' LiveAlbum, which often features extensive rearrangement).
** A handful of songs on his Christmas albums also get this treatment.
* {{Reconstruction}}: After dismissing Christmas as a social construct, and Christmas music as emotionally manipulative garbage, Sufjan attempted with ''Songs for Christmas'' to record something that captured "that creepy Christmas feeling".
* RecordProducer: He co-owns a small label (Asthmatic Kitty) and has produced all of his albums (except ''Seven Swans''), as well as some outside records (e.g. the debut work of The Welcome Wagon).
* RepurposedPopSong: "Chicago" got a lot of play; it was used in the ''Film/LittleMissSunshine'' trailers and several TV shows in quick succession.
* RhymingWithItself: Off "Tonya Harding": "Well this world is a cold one / But it takes one to know one".
* RockersSmashGuitars: He's smashed banjos in concert.
* SarcasmMode: Parts of "Impossible Soul" read this way:
-->''And you said something like: "All you want is all the world for yourself",\\
But all I want is the perfect love, though I know it's small,\\
I want love for us all.''
** ''The Avalanche'' cover states that the album was "shamelessly compiled by Sufjan Stevens''.
* SavingChristmas: Parodied in the comic included in the ''Songs for Christmas'' box set.
* SelfBackingVocalist: On ''The Age of Adz'', particularly "I Walked", and on ''Carrie & Lowell''.
* SelfDeprecation: The narrator of "The Owl and the Tanager" ("...for I am the ugliest prey...").
* SelfHarm: Referenced extensively throughout ''Carrie & Lowell''.
** The narrator of "The Owl and the Tanager" is a cutter.
* SesquipedalianSmith: Sufjan himself. And he has a brother named Marzuki Stevens and sisters named Djohariah Stevens and Djamilah Stevens.
** ... as well as siblings named [[AerithAndBob Colin and Megan.]]
* SexForSolace: Part of "No Shade In The Shadow of the Cross" may be describing this.
--> ''Like a champion''
--> ''Get drunk to get laid''
* SignsOfTheEndTimes: "Seven Swans" (the song, not the album) is rife with apocalyptic imagery.
-->''We saw the dragon move down. / My father burned into coal.''
* SillyLoveSongs: "Super Sexy Woman", "Holland", "Rake", "Christmas in the Room".
* SingerNamedrop: Found in the title of "A Conjunction of Drones Simulating the Way in Which Sufjan Stevens Has an Existential Crisis in the Great Godfrey Maze".
** "Vesuvius", with its TalkingToThemself lyrics:
--> ''Sufjan, the panic inside, the murdering ghost that you cannot ignore''
* SingingVoiceDissonance: He has a high singing voice, and often veers into falsetto; his regular speaking voice is noticeably deeper.
* ShownTheirWork: ''Illinois'' and ''The Avalanche'' are dense with allusions to geography and local history.
* ShoutOut: Now has [[ShoutOut/SufjanStevens its own page]].
* SnowySleighBells: Used extensively in his Christmas songs.
* TheSomethingSong: "Vito's Ordination Song".
* SongStyleShift: The multi-parted "Impossible Soul".
* SpellingSong: The refrain of "They Are Night Zombies!.." ("I-L-L-I-N-O-I-S!", as well as the names of various ghost towns in the state.)
** The refrain of "Get Behind Me Santa" ("C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S!").
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: [[Music/MyBrightestDiamond Shara Worden]], previously featured on backing vocals, sings the lead vocals for the second movement of "Impossible Soul".
* StockNessMonster: The titular "Wallowa Lake Monster" (which is a real Oregon legend).
* StudioChatter:
** Several folkier songs begin with Sufjan counting off the time.
** And his cover of "I Saw Three Ships" ends with someone saying "I played terrible."
** "Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling" also ends with someone saying "Alright, let's do a real song."
** "The Henney Buggy Band" opens and closes with studio chatter, ending with Sufjan asking, "That sounded pretty good, didn't it?"
* SucksAtDancing: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5jWiZ18ez0 Sufjan himself.]] [[TropesAreNotBad Not that it's]] [[NarmCharm a bad thing]].
* SurvivalMantra: "I want to be well, I want to be well, I want to be well, I want to be well..."
* SympathyForTheDevil: "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." is a song that tells the story of a serial killer and rapist not in a demonizing light, but one that's emotive and pitying. Sufjan even ends the song by claiming that he and Gacy are, at the end of the day, {{not so different}}.
--> ''And in my best behavior, I am really just like him.''
* TakeThat: "Come On, Feel the Illinoise!" is a diatribe against commercialism and bad art.
* TalkingToThemself: From "Vesuvius":
-->''Sufjan, follow your heart, follow the flame or fall on the floor''
-->''Sufjan, the panic inside, the murdering ghost that you cannot ignore''
* TeenageDeathSong: "Casimir Pulaski Day" (although it's possible that the characters are still in their preteens).
* TextlessAlbumCover: The single cover of "Tonya Harding" is a wordless colored pencil drawing of the titular ice skater.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Despite his forays into electronica and his proficiency at lush orchestral arrangements, Stevens is mostly known for what he once referred to as "strummy-strum acoustic guitar songs".
* TitleTrack: ''A Sun Came'', ''Seven Swans'', ''All Delighted People'', ''The Age of Adz'', and ''Carrie & Lowell'' all have one. In fact, ''All Delighted People'' technically has two (an original version and a classic rock version).
** "Come on Feel the Illinoise!" is technically this for his fifth and most famous studio album, [[EitherOrTitle commonly referred to simply]] as ''Illinois''.
* UncommonTime: Quite common in Sufjan's world. Too many examples to name, but "The Tallest Man, the Broadest Shoulders" deserves a special mention.
* {{Unicorn}}: Appears in "Christmas Unicorn" as a symbol of Christmas contradictions, and in the cover art for "Songs for Christmas Vol. X".
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: "Size Too Small", about being the best man at the wedding of a former crush or significant other.
* VillainSong: "A Good Man is Hard to Find".
* WanderlustSong: "Chicago".
* WeAllDieSomeday: The repeated refrain of "we're all gonna die" from "Fourth of July".
* WhamLine: "To Be Alone with You" starts off like a sweet love song, but then this line comes:
-->''To be alone with me, you went up on the tree.''
* WorthLivingFor: "The Only Thing", whose narrator contemplates suicide but ultimately decides not to go through with it after witnessing all the natural wonders around him.
* WretchedHive: Detroit in "Oh Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head!".
-->''Once a great place,\\
now a prison.''
* XtremeKoolLetterz: ''The Age of Adz''.
* YourCheatingHeart: "The Mistress Witch from [=McClure=]" is generally agreed to be about the father of the narrator having an affair with a younger woman.
* ZombieApocalypse: The subject of the aptly named "They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh!"
** The plot of the claymation music video for "Mr Frosty Man".
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''[[TheStinger ...and I shake the dirt out]] [[LongTitle of my sandals as I run.]]''