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Now that I fell into your armsMy only loverGive out to give inI search for the capsule I lostDrag me to hell in the valley of The DallesLike my motherGive wings to a stoneIt’s only the shadow of a crossI slept on my back in the shade of the meadowlarkLike a championGet drunk to get laidI take one more hit when you departI'll drive that stake through the center of my heartLonely vampireInhaling its fireI’m chasing the dragon too farThere’s blood on that bladeFuck me, I'm falling apartMy assassinLike Casper the ghostThere’s no shade in the shadow of the cross
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“No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross” was released in advance of Sufjan Stevens" 2015 album Carrie & Lowell.
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In “No Shade”, Sufjan writes about his descent into self-destructive behavior after his mother’s death.
Sufjan discussed this time in an interview with Pitchfork.
I was so emotionally lost and desperate for what I could no longer pursue in regard to my mother, so I was looking for that in other places. At the time, part of me felt that I was possessed by her spirit and that there were certain destructive behaviors that were manifestations of her possession.
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Sufjan’s vocal delivery is deliberately weak and wispy, at times in danger of being overwhelmed by a softly played acoustic guitar.
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Carrie & Lowell (2015)
No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross
Doveman, Patrick Dillett & Sufjan Stevens
Additional Vocals By
Nedelle Torrisi & S. Carey
Jarod Evans & Chad Copelin
Ben Lester & Casey Foubert
Black Watch (Norman, Oklahoma), Sufjan Stevens' Office (Dumbo, Brooklyn), Pat Dillet's Studio (Manhattan) & Klamath Falls, Oregon
March 31, 2015
No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross by Heather Hammers
Performed Live As
No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross - Live by Sufjan Stevens
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