Seconds
The Mountain Goats

By: Mike Powell
2006-05-30



Posted 05/30/2006 - 11:20:09 AM by hunky_dory:
 Two moments from the song 'This Year': 1) When Darnielle sings 'in a cavalcade of anger and fear' just before the pre-chorus toward the end of This Year. He intimates all we need to know about the scene ending badly while the bouncy melody chugs behind him. 2) The fantastic car allegory throughout the song, culminating with a beatifully harmonized (and enunciated) 'twin high maintenance machines.'
 
Posted 05/30/2006 - 11:23:34 AM by Zarklephaser:
 I got up this morning at 5:15 and took a walk along the river and god damn was it beautiful. I am sure happy to be here today. I think about how the Mountain Goats got in the way of living my life on god’s earth . . .
 
Posted 05/30/2006 - 01:50:35 PM by kingsleyzissou:
 I heartily agree, hunky_dory, with the two 'seconds' you mention in "This Year". But also: the penultimate refrain, "I am going to make it through this year if it kills me", especially with the more emphatic "I am going to make it!", combined with the hopefulness of the 'next year in Jerusalem' reference, truly delivers this song.
 
Posted 05/30/2006 - 02:19:37 PM by AlecIsAlec:
 Most won't argue against "Going to Georgia" being Darnielle's best song just based on lyrical acuteness, terseness and overall emotional weight, but here are some other moments that get me all teary-eyed: 1. "Noctifer Birmingham" from Ghana - "You reminded me of all the things you'd given up forever and you asked about the children, and you asked about the weather." 2. "Source Decay" from All Hail West Texas - "I always get a late start when the sun's going down and the traffic's filling out and the glare is hard to take. I wish the west Texas highway was a mobius strip - I could ride it out forever when I feel my heart break." "Cotton" from We Shall All Be Healed - "This song is for the people who tell their families that they're sorry for things they can't and won't feel sorry for. And once there was a desk and now it's in a storage locker somewhere. And this song is for the stick pins and the cottons I left in the top drawer. Let 'em all go." "The Recognition Scene" from Sweden - "You headed out to the getaway car and hit the open road. I saw something written in tall clear letters on your face but I could not break the code. We had hot caramel sticking to our teeth, and the only love I've ever known burning underneath. I'm going to miss you when you're gone." "The Mess Inside" from All Hail West Texas - "We went to New York City in September, took a train out of Manhattan to the Grand Army stop. Found that bench we'd sat together on a thousand years ago when I felt such love for you I thought my heart was gonna pop. I wanted you to love me like you used to do." That's all for today from the MountieGoats fan boy. Enjoy (?)
 
Posted 05/30/2006 - 05:13:31 PM by theresafield:
 omg i luv the mtn gts!! esp that one song...you know... the one with the earnestly strummed guitar, the nasal vocals and the labored metaphors. yeah, that one
 
Posted 05/30/2006 - 09:12:06 PM by margot_dent:
 "I hear ya talking....shut up." in Hot Garden Stomp....oh my God. Shivers every damn time. From You're In Maya: "I had a couple of things on my mind, a couple of problem to work through, so I drank till I couldn't see straight anymore, until there was nothing to drink to." From Itzcuintli-Totzli Days, the moment he says "Praise God!" I could go on forever. Nice article, I'm glad you chose to do "Quito", it's one of my (many) favorites.
 
Posted 05/31/2006 - 11:05:18 AM by whiteboysushi:
 I agree with hunky_dory. There are so many great moments in that song, it almost feels like it was left off of this list just to avoid being too obvious.