Multiple sclerosis, Nick, Struggles

When your mourning has a sound

This song gets to me. In a big way. “Heirloom” by Sufjan Stevens.


When your heirloom’s wilted brown
When the devil’s pushing down
When your mourning has a sound
And you hesitate to laugh
How quickly will your joy pass
How quickly will your joy pass

And when you walk inside I feel the door
I’ll never let it push your arms no more
And when your legs give out just lie right down
And I will kiss you till your breath is found
And when you walk inside I feel the door
I’ll never let it push your arms no more

So do you think I came to fight?
And do I always think I’m right?
Oh no I never meant to be a pest to anyone this time
Oh no I only meant to be a friend to everyone this time

from All Delighted People EP, released 20 August 2010

4 thoughts on “When your mourning has a sound”

  1. Thanks for sharing this with us, Jenn. Such deep, meaningful lyrics. Music, especially Springsteen, has played a HUGE role in getting me through my journey/fight with MS. When you have a minute, please check out to read about one of his songs that pushed me through my early diagnosis and is still pushing me some 11 years later. Thanks for your perspective and for introducing us to “Heirloom” by Sufjan Stevens. Dan

    1. I read your abstract a couple of weeks ago. I fully agree that music, more than any other medium, has a way of connecting with us on a deep level. And I had such a crush on The Boss when I was a kid. Seriously! I hope Jennifer is recovering from her fall OK. Ouch.

  2. Jennifer,

    This song is absolutely amazing, and I work with a group that creates a piece from scratch every year….this is our second year, and we are talking about fallen heroes and how it connects to us….I am going to bring this song to them…..I work with teenagers on the show, and I think this is going to connect with them in a big way.

    1. It is. I love SS – Illinois(e) is terrific from the first note to the last. I love what you are doing. I wish I could see it. Someday, maybe!

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