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Sufjan Stevens- Impossible Soul

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Published on Jan 17, 2011

This song is incredible. Don't let the 23 minutes turn you off, it is truly an experience to be had. Listen cranked up with your headphones, in 1080p. Or 720p if you aren't a fan of overkill. No piracy intended.
Also, youtube seemed to mess with the quality a bit. Isn't quite 100%. Oh well.
If you're reading this, you might as well check out Joanna Newsom: she's a harp player who has been releasing some of the best music for the last decade. Check out her new album Divers. If you're a Sufjan fan, I'm pretty much 99% confident you will like her music. Have a good day!

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Alexander Utz
This song to me is the perfect exploration of the 5 stages of grief, which I realized after listening to it on repeat for about a week. The first section is denial: he states over and over that she's the only lover for him and that he knows she won't go. He asks again and again if she wants to love him more, and responds that he doesn't want to feel pain. The next stage is anger, which he directs at himself in the "Stupid Man" portion of the song, saying he couldn't be at rest and blaming himself for his own pain. Then at about 13 minutes in he starts the third stage, bargaining, saying "Boy, we can do much more together/It's not so impossible." However, this upbeat and hopeful bargaining disintegrates into the fourth stage, depression, at about 20 minutes when the "Boy, we can do much more together" line is taken apart and explored. The vocals recede into only low male voices as Sufjan turns inward on himself. Finally, he reaches the final stage of acceptance during the acoustic section at the end, returning to the style he is best known for and acknowledging the truth: "Boy, we made such a mess together..." Unquestionably a masterpiece.
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Mateus Murozaki
This is like, the best song of the decade.
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daftoptimist
I'm not going to say this song "cured" my depression, because we all know that isn't how depression works. But after dealing with it for a long and terrible year, I remember, in the early days when I was starting to feel more like myself again, I heard this song for the first time. And it was one of the first songs I'd heard in a while that actually held my attention, for how weird and entertaining it is. And I also remember it felt really good to feel like I could engage with a piece of music, or any kind of art, again. I played this song on repeat for a few days and to this day it still cheers me up.
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Reido1313
I almost died to this song. Driving the Duffy to Whistler BC, Canada. Its one of the most dangerous highways in BC. The sky was black, snow was falling, the fog was bellowing, rocks were unhinging, ice was questioning. I almost fainted I was so overwhelmed as a 80lb rock snuck into my beams and I swerved. Whats the lyrics "dont be distracted" as I was about to die. Thanks Sufjan
kozev
Haven't listened to Sufjan much in years. I forgot just how incredible he is.
Soapy
0:00 - 3:56 Part 1 (The Impossible Soul)  3:56 - 9:55 Part 2 (Don't Be Distracted)  9:55 -13:48 Part 3 (Stupid Man)  13:48-22:20 Part 4 (Not So Impossible)  22:20 - End Part 5 (Pleasure Principle) I wonder if there are legit titles for each part of the song... As far as I know, only Pleasure Principle has a regular title... I also think this song is about an abusive relationship, mainly the absuive girlfriend. In "Drawn to the Blood," it was about an abusive relationship. I think this song is probably the same relationship. The Impossible Soul is about him being abused, the first stanza really enphesises that  Oh, woman, tell me what you wantAnd I'll calm down without bleeding out With a broken heart that you stabbed for an hour(mainline) Woman, I was freaking out because I want you to know My beloved, you are the lover of my impossible soul Don't Be Distracted is about his concious telling him to not be distracted by love and come to his senses. In Stupid Man, he breaks up and realizes how stupid he's been about the whole thing In Not So Impossible, he thinks he'll never find a girl, but finds out it's...well, the title. Pleasure Principle is pretty much the epilogue. They love eachother get married and have a happy life. Tell me what you think.
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c4m3ra14
You need to be a really talented artist to make a 20 something minute long song that is able to keep listeners invested, and that is exactly what Sufjan Steven has accomplished. Masterpiece.
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B R
All of this song is amazing. However, "Not So Impossible" (the part at 13:48) was played at my wedding, right after the bride was kissed. All of the happy feels were had that day.
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Andy Bruce
sufjan was trying to go down In history with this masterpiece
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Aeon135
This is the best discoteque-autotune-synthrock-dance-hippityhop-techno freakout jam I've ever heard.
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