Sufjan Stevens - For The Widows in Paradise, For The Fatherless in Ypsilanti

From Greetings From Michigan: The Great Lakes State


This is a very simple song to play but to play it right you have learn its subtitles. When Sufjan 
plays this he strums with his thumb and index finger. He does most of the strumming with his 
index finger. Watch the you tube video: He has the capo 
on the 2nd fret in this video. On the actual recording he has capo on the 3rd fret.


Capo on the 2nd or 3rd.
v - downstroke
^ - upstroke

Main riff:
Am F C G
v v ^ v v ^ ^ v v v v ^ v ^ v ^

In the YouTube video Sufjan uses this riff during the verses and choruses

Am F C G
v v ^ v v ^ v ^ v ^ ^ v v ^ v ^

I have called you children, I have called you son.
What is there to answer if I'm the only one?
Morning comes in Paradise, morning comes in light.
Still I must obey, still I must invite.
If there's anything to say, if there's anything to do,
If there's any other way, I'll do anything for you.

I was dressed embarrassment.
I was dressed in wine.
If you had a part of me, will you take you're time?
Even if I come back, even if I die
Is there some idea to replace my life?
Like a father to impress;
Like a mother's mourning dress,
If you ever make a mess, I'll do anything for you

I have called you preacher; I have called you son.
If you have a father or if you haven't one,
I'll do anything for you. I did everything for you