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Cao Dai Blowout

from New Asian Cinema by the Mountain Goats

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He came knocking down the street lights
tearing up the new grass on the lawn
He was frightening off the livestock
I could feel him coming down
I lit the Citronella, it was all that I had
And I began to feel real bad
When the ghost of your father comes to town
What the hell else can you do
I flung open all the windows,
put the water on for tea
and let him pass right through

He took to knocking over furniture,
getting into the reception on the wireless
He tore up all the dry goods in the pantry
He was strong, and he was tireless
And when the priest came to call, I sent him on his way
I got a tremor in my hands and my feet are made of clay
When the ghost of your father starts pushing you around
How are you gonna make him stop
I took down all the crosses
I let him set up shop


from New Asian Cinema, released January 1, 1998


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the Mountain Goats Durham, North Carolina

John Darnielle 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 he is a very good writer, and also some of them are just true stories about his own life.
—John Hodgman, 2012
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