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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Favorite Song of the Day (3.14.07)

The Giant of Illinois by The Handsome Family
(Click here to listen to a snippet on Last.FM)

The giant of Illinois
died from a blister on his toe
after walking all day
through the first winter's snow.

Throwing bits of stale bread
to the last speckled doves,
he never even felt his shoe full of blood.

Delirious with pain, his bedroom walls began to glow
and he felt himself soaring up through the falling snow.
And the sky was a woman's arms.
The sky was a woman's arms.

A boy with a club foot
had sat next to him in school.
Once upon a summer's day
they went wandering through the woods.

They spotted a sleeping swan
on the banks of a muddy stream
and they stormed it with rocks
till it collapsed in the reeds.

They lay out on a green lawn
full of chocolate and lemonade,
but under the blue bowl the giant was afraid
because the sky was a woman's arms.
The sky was a woman's arms.
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