Casimir Pulaski Day

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  • 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. >>
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    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.

Comments: 4

  • 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.
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