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Christmas Unicorn

from by Sufjan Stevens

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I’m a Christmas unicorn
In a uniform made of gold
With a billy goat beard
And a sorceror’s shield
And mistletoe on my nose

Oh I’m a Christian holiday
I’m a symbol of original sin
I’ve a pagan tree and magical wreath
And a bowtie on my chin

Oh I’m a pagan heresy
I’m a tragic-al Catholic shrine
I’m a little bit shy with a lazy eye
And a penchant for sublime

Oh I’m a mystical apostasy
I’m a horse with a fantasy twist
Though I play all night with my magical kite
People say I don’t exist

For I make no full apology
For the category I reside
I’m a mythical mess with a treasury chest
I’m a construct of your mind

Oh I’m hysterically American
I’ve a credit card on my wrist
And I have no home nor field to roam
I will curse you with my kiss

Oh I’m a criminal pathology
With a history of medical care
I’m frantic shopper and a brave pill popper
And they say my kind are rare

But I’ve seen others in the uniform
Of a unicorn just like me
We are legions wide and we chose no sides
We are masters of mystique

For you’re a Christmas unicorn
I have seen you on the beat
You may dress in the human uniform, child
But I know you’re just like me
I’m a Christmas Unicorn! (Find the Christmas Unicorn!)
You’re a Christmas Unicorn too!

It’s all right. I love you.

credits

from Silver & Gold, track released November 13, 2012
Original tracks were recorded by Sufjan at his of- fice in Brooklyn, NY, December 2010, with Vesper Stamper (vocal gymnastics class) and Alex Sopp (Flute-a-thon Fantasy Weekend Getaway). Not much was altered or amended since then except for the additional Drummers World at the end of “Christmas Unicorn,” and additional piano on “Justice Delivers Its Death,” both engineered by Devin Greenwood at Honey Jar in Brooklyn, February 2012.
ALEX SOPP: flutes, bells and whistles, vocals VESPER STAMPER: many voices/many rooms, many hats, multiple tasks, great strength
BRIAN WOLFE: drum warfare on “Christmas Unicorn” SUFJAN STEVENS: everything else
UNICORN CHOIR: Sonya Hofer, Cat Martino,
Rosie Thomas, & Vesper Stamper

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Sufjan Stevens Brooklyn, New York

Sufjan Stevens mixes autobiography, religious fantasy, and regional history to create folk songs of grand proportions. More recently, Sufjan released two albums in 2010: a generous EP (All Delighted People) and the full length The Age of Adz, a collection of songs partly inspired by the outsider artist Royal Robertson.

Sufjan currently lives in New York City.
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