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Sufjan Stevens - Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois

When the revenant came down
We couldn't imagine what it was
In the spirit of three stars
The alien thing that took its form
Then to Lebanon
Oh, God
The flashing at night, the sirens grow and grow
Oh, history involved itself
Mysterious shade that took its form
Or what it was, incarnation
Three stars
Delivering signs and dusting from their eyes

"Illinois" opens with piano and flute on "Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois". Background singers Katrina Kerns and Shara Worden enter the song at just the right moments, wrapping their voices around Stevens’ croon. The St. Clair Triangle or The Southern Illinois incident was a UFO sighting which occurred on January 5, 2000 over the town of Highland, Illinois, beginning shortly after 4:00 am. Five on-duty police officers along with various other eyewitnesses, sighted and reported a massive, silent, triangular craft operating at an unusual treetop level altitude and speeds.

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