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White Cedar is the fifth song on the album Transcendental Youth.


Like a star come down to walk the Earth in radiant array.
I saw the light of my spirit descend the other day.
I was standing by the bus stop on Northeast 33rd,
When I got the word.
I will be made a new creature,
One bright day.

I don't have to be afraid.
Speed that day on it's way.
And you can't tell me what my spirit tells me isn't true, can you?

Woke up on lockdown one more time,
My visions won't ever learn.
But I see the light that much clearer,
Every time I return.
Forge my armor in the old fire.
My spirit sings loud and clear,
Even in here.

I'll be reborn someday, someday,
If I wait long enough. 

I don't have to be afraid.
I don't wanna be afraid.
And you can't tell me what my spirit tells me isn't true, can you?

Comments by John Darnielle About this Song[]

  • "[White Cedar]'s about accepting the permanence of one's condition. The narrator is a guy who's in and out of hospitals a lot. I've worked with people who've experienced that, and I always assume there has to come a point where it's really hard, but then you try to find some way to be OK with it. There's a lot of sadness in that song." -- 2012-10-01 Pitchfork Interview
  • "This is another one of those cheerful songs about how the third or fourth time you wind up in the locked ward, you begin to feel a little hopeless and you try to find something to hope." -- 2012-10-16 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY

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