The Transfiguration (5:17)

Cover of Seven Swans

From Seven Swans and 1 other release

The final track of Sufjan Stevens’ overtly religious album Seven Swans (2004), “The Transfiguration” touches upon the Biblical events leading up to the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ as described in the Gospel of Matthew (chapter 17, verses 1-12).

Utilizing a simple arrangement of strumming banjo and delicate vocal phrasing, the melody alternates between major and minor chords while developing exponentially with increasing complexity of timbre and harmonies building to a crescendo.


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  • Cheezdude

    lost in the cloud again, a voice. all things go. all things go.

    4 Mar 12:49am Reply
  • PlatypusQuest

    this came before Chicago though, so... yeah, no. i much prefer this one anyway.

    5 Apr 2014 Reply
  • xiempiethps

    he totally ripped off the Chicago melody

    19 Mar 2014 Reply
  • SrJohnnyCat

    I love this song so much! *-*

    12 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Derek-H

    Dat Chicago melody.

    4 Feb 2014 Reply
  • wkcaj

    I can hear chicago in this too!

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • diadasbruxas

    lost in a cloud... a sign..

    8 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Molotovzin

    A letra da música é uma citação quase literal de um trecho da Bíblia, e a gringa maluca diz que não é uma musica cristã. Várias outras músicas desse album são inspiradas em passagens da Bíblia, como "Seven Swans" é em apocalipse, e "Abraham" é no Antigo Testamento.

    26 Apr 2013 Reply
  • alix11

    you can interpret how you will, i suppose. it's beauty, that's for sure.

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • redandblu


    22 Feb 2013 Reply
  • alix11

    whoa whoa whoa. it's awfully silly to refer to this as christian music. there are underlying religious themes throughout this music (because religion is wrought with beauty and this is beauty), but in no way would i deem it as being 'christian music'. no sir.

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • redandblu

    YAY FOR GOOD CHRISTIAN MUSIC :::::::::::::::) [2]

    25 Nov 2012 Reply
  • elmokoning


    20 Aug 2012 Reply
  • BrynnerFell

    Luckily my [agnosticism] does not prevent me from absolutely loving this song [4]

    21 Oct 2011 Reply
  • HermanShake

    Beautifully delicate, yet a robustness is provided by the banjo.

    23 Aug 2011 Reply
  • cheesetrolley

    Like some others below have said, a beautiful song can transcend its own lyrics. Who cares if it's about God and Christianity? It's gorgeous.

    21 Jul 2011 Reply
  • meanmrmustard

    I like Chicago better.

    17 Jul 2011 Reply
  • AdamSebParker

    Stevens' beauty pervades.

    23 Jun 2011 Reply
  • KatiePly


    31 May 2011 Reply
  • aartvark88

    Have you heard the David Crowder Band reimagining of this song? It's pretty great too.

    24 May 2011 Reply
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