Monday 31 December 2007

Countdown bis 2008: Favourite Mountain Goat Songs, Part III

Mountain Goats - See America Right
I was driving up from Tampa
When the radiator burst
I was three sheets to the wind
A civilian saw me first
And then there was the cop
And then the children standing on the corner
Your love is like a cyclone in a swamp
And the weather's getting warmer

I was getting out of jail
Heading to the Greyhound
You said you'd hop on one yourself
And meet me on the way down
I was shaking way too hard to think
Dead on my feet about to drop
Went and got the case of vodka from a car
And walked the two miles to the bus stop

Got on the bus half drunk again
The driver glared at me
Met up with you in Inglis
Thumbed a ride to Cedar Key
If we never make it back to California
I want you to know I love you
But my love is like a dark cloud full of rain
That's always right there up above you

(Tallahassee, 2002)

A song you have to hear repeatedly and loud in order to understand the quality: this is about being on the road, about stumbling blindly and drunk forward just for the sake of running away. It's like being in a state of trance, of not thinking, for such a long time, and then you wake up but nothing has changed or gotten any better, still you couldn't think of any other way to deal. That's one of the problems of this country: you can only go as far until you reach a border, and then on the other side people speak different languages and sometimes pay in foreign currencies. Things are difficult but at the same time more interesting, but if you just want to get away quickly and easily, this can be a problem.

Live Version (at Bottom of the Hill on May 26th, 2004)

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