Sufjan Stevens – Wallowa Lake Monster

The undertow refrained with the flame of a feathered snake
Spathiphyllum on his grave
[Verse 2]

No oblation will bring her back to our place
But have you heard the story of my mother’s fate?
She kept them hidden from the plague
Charybdis in its shallow grave

As she waits for her children in the shade
[Verse 1]
As the demon took her place
As the monster showed its face
She wept among the weeds, hide and seek, for the fallen chief
And like the cedar waxwing, she was drunk all day
As if you know the story of Wallowa Lake
[Chorus 1]
Demogorgon or demigod the ghost parade
We followed her to Joseph, near the Indian raid
When the dragon submerged we knew she had died

We put her in the sheet, little wreath, candles on the crate
She stayed within the deep end of Wallowa Lake
As we wait for the waters to reside
Her remarkable stoicism and her pride
Leviathan first hid in the deep where her children sleep

[Verse 3]
Fortune for the paperweight
She gave us one last feature, the fullness of her face
In the shade of "Hin-mah-too-yah…" (Red Napoleon)
She left us in Detroit in the rain with a pillowcase
[Chorus 2]