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John Wayne Gacy, Jr.

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mellow rock instrumentation
a subtle use of vocal harmony
acoustic rhythm piano
acoustic sonority
major key tonality
a good dose of acoustic guitar pickin'
acoustic rhythm guitars

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@lin_john1, don't waste your time trying to explain it. If someone is offended by this song then they are clearly a moron and incapable of anything but superficial though.
...It isn't meant to be crazy or inappropriat e or "messed up," and it certainly isn't meant to excuse or diminish the evil of John Wayne Gacy. So, "Relax peeps..." and try to enjoy the beauty that is Sufjan Stevens' music.
...If you just can't see it, it might be a good idea to switch your station now--for instance, either Garth Brooks or Mariah Carey may be a better fit for you! :)
...He is not saying that his secrets are evil like Gacy's--or that Gacy's secrets were normal or understandab l e . It's called figurative language, guys (a simile, to be specific). The song ends up being one long, haunting metaphor for the discord between the "mask" sometimes worn outwardly by the author and the secrets that truly lie within him. The song has nothing to do with the moral nature of Gacy or Stevens. It's just a metaphor--a very beautiful one at that, in my opinion. It isn't meant to
...in such beautiful sonic imagery that culminates with the stirring falsetto, "Oh my God...". And yes, then Stevens compares himself to Gacy, but he is only referring to the fact that he has secrets of his own, too--as we all do. I certainly don't interpret this as saying, "I am just as bad as this serial killer," or "I am no better than him." Stevens is simply saying, in my opinion, that he bears secrets that he has hidden, just like Gacy obviously had secrets. He is not saying that his secre
Wow, the majority of these comments are way over the top! Thanks, Nina Marie: "Relax peeps," is right... Sure, to each his own when it comes to the interpretati o n of art in any form, but jeez guys--I have loved this song since it first came out, and I have certainly never gotten the impression that Stevens is condoning, forgiving, or even trying to explain Gacy's actions. It seems pretty straightforw a r d to me: he tells Gacy's story, capturing the tragedy of what he did to those boys in such bea
Sufjan brings attention to the demons within us all. We share this dream of reality and are all capable of the same hurt or healing. Iamyouaremei s w e a r e .
Yeah it's definitely a crazy comparison. I understand what kind of comparison he is trying to make, but that still doesn't make it a good one. Comparing yourself to a rapist/seria l killer is a messed up, that's why I had to give it a thumbs down.
Can't wait for Suf to do his "Wisconsin" album so we can hear "Ed Gein"!
Relax peeps.
My best guess is that he's just trying to say that we all have secrets.
Ya know?
First heard this on the TV show "Nip/Tuck". It's an interesting song but as someone else stated, a song where the artist compares himself to a serial killer seems a little crazy. Maybe that's the idea though....
Creepy... this and Seven Swans.
okay, yes, this is a little creepy. musically, it's so beautiful I had to give it a thumbs up.
bhill33
I would never place a serial killer as an equal to me, or try to make any comparisons. People who are capable of committing murder have a different way of perceiving life and the value of the lives of others. There is a vast psychologica l gap between murderers, especially serial killers, and normal people. Give me a break.
i think the premise of the song is good and aspires to look into the heart of what makes a serial killer; however, i have given this one a complete thumbs down; yeah, it creeps me out; if i had children, they would not be allowed to listen to this song; i respect what the artist is doing, and that said, this is art, but for me, it is definitely not entertainmen t . nails on chalkboard.
Damn, that's kinda creepy.
My best friend's dad was John Wayne Gacy's best friend. His dad took him to a couple of parties where Gacy was a clown, when my friend was little boy. His dad still has a bunch of Gacy's drawings.
This song is melodically beautiful, and I feel it's communicatin g the idea that every person possesses the same capacity to commit evil acts, in that way we're all the same. We can't overlook what John did, we have to take actions to prevent it from happening again, but we cannot condemn him as we ourselves are human and the same as him.
along with those secrets it also says we have to look "under the house" of ourselves to find those "mistakes" we are guilty of. i totally love it and give it a 10
themonkeycag e
This one's creepy. Who writes a song that shows a serial killer in a sympathetic light, really? But in truth, it presents a very spiritual idea - if we're all "sinners", then each of us is guilty of hiding our own mistakes behind the facade of kindness-- we can't call ourselves 'better' than anyone else; even perhaps a killer. It calls for a total commitment to loving & forgiving our neighbors. Shocking ideas all 'round! Still, it's a touching song, in spite of the subject matter.

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