Casimir Pulaski Day is a holiday in Illinois that takes place the first Monday of every March. It honors Casimir Pulaski, who was Polish cavalry officer who fought in the US Revolutionary War.
Suggestion credit: Donovan Berry - El Dorado, AR
In this song, Stevens sings about losing someone close to him and trying to reconcile this loss with his religious beliefs, wondering how God could do such a thing. The events in the song take place on Casimir Pulaski Day.
John from Los AngelesA couple of things. Sufjan is Persian, so if you want to pronounce his name right, it's Suf-yan. No hard J. Second, this song seems to me to be about a junior high girlfriend who tragically became ill and died. Anyone have a different take. BTW, this song came out around the time my dad died, and I'll always connect to it emotionally that way.
Tom from Brisbane, AustraliaI heard it was about his girlfriend, who he lost earlier in his life.
Ash from Charleston, WvAnyone else know any further details on this? Like who it's about? Something more than "someone close to him."
Simon from Chattanooga , TnA bit of a mistake on the editor's behalf; the name beist "Sufjan Stevens" not "Surfjan Stevens". Common misconception; we Sufjan fans will not hold it against you.