6. Sara Quin (Feat. Kaki King) – “Sweetness Follows”

By Stereogum / September 25, 2007

Sara Quin (Tegan & Sara) On “Sweetness Follows”
“When I was in grade six, my then boyfriend had an older brother who introduced him to the world of Monty Python, Adidas high tops and R.E.M. By association, well before I had ever thought to throw away my New Kids On The Block tapes and Double Dragon video games, I was ‘in the know.’ Automatic For The People was a Christmas gift from my mom when I was in the seventh grade. My friends and I would hang off my step dads workout equipment in the basement of my house, blasting this album. ‘Sweetness Follows’ is so pretty, with such a strange anticlimactic chorus, which I still love and admire about it. It’s interesting to me, with only the perspective of a small career in my lenses, to imagine what R.E.M. was thinking and experiencing after they put this album out. I always wonder if artists knew they were making something classic, something that would influence a geeky 12-year-old to dance in the basement in the suburbs.”

Sara Quin

Mike Mills On “Sweetness Follows”
“That’s a beautiful song with a lovely cello on it, I think Knox Chandler played that part. We play it occasionally. There are a lot of songs that we really enjoy, but you don’t want to play them every night. That’s the advantage of having a big back catalog, because we like to change the setlist every night and it’s good to have a lot of songs that you can put into rotation.”

“Sweetness Follows” lyrics
Readying to bury your father and
your mother,
What did you think when you lost
another?
I used to wonder why did you
bother,
Distanced from one, blind to the
other?

Listen here my sister and my
brother
What would you care if you lost
the other?
I always wonder why did we
bother,
Distanced from one, deaf to the
other.

Oh, o, but sweetness follows

It’s these little things, they can
pull you under.
Live your life filled with joy and
wonder.
I always knew this altogether
thunder
was lost in our little lives.

Oh, oh, but sweetness follows.
Oh, oh, but sweetness follows.

It’s these little things, they can
pull you under.
Live your life filled with joy and
thunder.
Yeah, yeah we were altogether
lost in our little lives.

Oh. Oh. Ah.

Oh, oh, but sweetness follows.
Oh, oh, but sweetness follows.