Sufjan Stevens and Fireflies

“Fourth of July” by Sufjan Stevens

The evil it spread like a fever ahead
It was night when you died, my firefly
What could I have said to raise you from the dead?
Oh could I be the sky on the Fourth of July?

Well you do enough talk
My little hawk, why do you cry?
Tell me what did you learn from the Tillamook burn?
Or the Fourth of July?
We’re all gonna die

Sitting at the bed with the halo at your head
Was it all a disguise, like Junior High
Where everything was fiction, future, and prediction
Now, where am I? My fading supply

Did you get enough love, my little dove
Why do you cry?
And I’m sorry I left, but it was for the best
Though it never felt right
My little Versailles

The hospital asked should the body be cast
Before I say goodbye, my star in the sky
Such a funny thought to wrap you up in cloth
Do you find it all right, my dragonfly?

Shall we look at the moon, my little loon
Why do you cry?
Make the most of your life, while it is rife
While it is light

Well you do enough talk
My little hawk, why do you cry?
Tell me what did you learn from the Tillamook burn?
Or the Fourth of July?
We’re all gonna die

“Fourth of July”, which is sung by Sufjan, refers the U.S. independence day. But ironically the background is not something related to United States of America but instead the destruction it had made on Japanese cities.

The clip is basically a footage from Japanese anime “The Grave of Fireflies”. And it tells us how horrible war can really become. It kills humans just like bugs, fireflies. Fireflies can live up to two months long. And their flickering light is said to be the warning for predators that they are not edible, or to attract prey. Either way, fireflies’ light at night is a treat to our eyes.

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