The faint creaking of cardboard and wires.


[album cover] “Tribe of the Horned Heart”
The Mountain Goats



The Mountain Goats - Tribe of the Horned Heart - 03.24.12

You knew that they were out there by the signs they left behind
On old abandoned buildings, just some X’s and some lines
Half circles in the concrete, crescents in the snow
You could find the little beacons almost everywhere you’d go
Only people who were sick enough
Knew how to read them right
I got sick when I was seventeen
And I’d hunt down signs all night

You’d listen for the voices in the generator’s hum
Hang out behind the power plant and wait for them to come
Hints about their mission in the rustling of the surf
But no secrets can be kept from you if your faith is strong enough
Only people who’ve been sick too long
Can hold on to the hope
That some friendly ghost is listening to the prayers they learned to say
At the slack end of the rope

I don’t generally reblog my own stuff ’n’ stuff but I consider this one of my better lyrics and I don’t think it’s widely known because I only played it like twice, so I’m doin the thing I don’t generally do




john darnielle singing “there is power in a union”


Now I long for the morning that they realize
Brutality and unjust laws can not defeat us
But who’ll defend the workers, who cannot organize
When the bosses send their lackies out to cheat us?

Money speaks for money, the devil for his own!
Who comes to speak for the skin and the bone?
What a comfort to the widow, a light to the child
There is power in a union

Happy Labor Day

The Mountain Goats covering “Furniture Store” by Furniture Huschle in Columbia, SC on 27 June 2013.

I am basically addicted to this video right now.

[user avatar] kimjongnamlookingatthing:

In 2011, you released the song "Damn These Vampires", yet just a year later, you released "Steal Smoked Fish" which contains the line "God bless all vampires every night". What's your current stance re: vampires?

[user avatar] johndarnielle:

The “Steal Smoked Fish” line is a reference to “Damn These Vampires” line, I’d think. The latter, earlier song is an exaggerated, romantic picture of the people in the song. The former, latter song is a clear-eyed view of the same people. There are no actual vampires. 

“There are no actual vampires.”

From the liner notes of Transcendental Youth by the Mountain Goats.

[album cover] “Steal Smoked Fish (Alternate Take)”
The Mountain Goats
Transcendental Youth [Bonus Tracks]



Steal Smoked Fish (Alternate Take) - the Mountain Goats

This take hurts.

Where did this come from and why is my face wet.

The Mountain Goats, “Autoclave”

I dreamt that I was perched atop a throne of human skulls
On a cliff above the ocean, howling wind and shrieking seagulls
And the dream went on forever, one single static frame
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name.

He has written almost 600 songs now, and some of them are very sad, dealing with hard drugs and tragic ends, hurting yourself and others, sicknesses of both body and brain, off-brand alcohols. They are told in beautiful, unnerving, specific detail, because John Darnielle is a very good writer, and also some of them are just true stories about his own life.

But many have noted that John Darnielle seems often very happy, and his demeanor on stage is almost exclusively unhaunted, ecstatic.

Anyone who reads his Twitter feed knows he takes great delight in his delights: vegan cooking, fat babies, hockey, the beautiful alchemy of Chemex coffee, Anonymous 4, playing music for people, loaning out socks when the time comes, basements.

These are the consolations; and if some of his songs suggest that there are real hells on earth, other songs remind that the heavens are equally close at hand.

(Sometimes they are even the same songs.)

John Hodgman has written a few words about the forthcoming Mountain Goats album Transcendental Youth.