I spent an hour yesterday to comb through Sufjan Stevens’ songs to see if there’s any homoerotic elements lurking aside from the now-infamous “I am really just like John Wayne Gacy” bit, and to my surprise, I found, like, a gazillion.
- “The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out to Get Us!” – Oh, I am fast in bed / … / Oh, how I meant to tease him / Oh, how I meant no harm / Touching his back with my hand, I kiss him / … / He was my best friend / into the car, from the backseat / … / I can tell you, I love him each day / though we have sparred, wrestled and raged
- “The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts” – Only a real man can be a lover / If he had hands to lend us all over / We celebrate our sense of each other / We have a lot to give one another
- “John Wayne Gacy, Jr.” – And in my best behavior / I am really just like him / Look beneath the floor boards / For the secrets I have hid (note: John Wayne Gacy, Jr. was an Chicago-area pederast who raped and killed at least thirty-three boys.)
- “Come on! Feel the Illinoise!” – I cried myself to sleep last night / and the ghost of Carl, he approached my window
- “The Tallest Man, The Broadest Shoulders” – Carpenter and Soldier, one on one
- “Holland” – All the time we spent in bed / … / Fall in love and fall apart / … / Lose our clothes in summertime (note: I think I read somewhere that Sufjan went to some sort of a boarding school in Holland, Michigan)
- “Oh God, Where Are You Now? (In Pickeral Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?)” – Oh God, hold me now / Oh Lord, touch me now
- “For the Widows in Paradise; For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti” – I have called you preacher, I have called you son / I’ll do anything for you, I’ll do anything for you
- “Size Too Small” – And I still like you, the best man / … / Everything rises, going at it all / All the surprises in a size too small / And what if I told you / I was still in love with this?
- “He Woke Me Up Again” – He came, he came to my bedroom / but I was asleep / He woke me up again to say
- “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” – She was once like me / … / Someone’s left me creased
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- “To Be Alone With You” – I’d give my body to be back again / … / To be alone with me you went up on the tree / I’ll never know the man who loved me
Sufjan has got to be asking for gay rumors.