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We're alone most of the time these days;
Jill used to come by, but she went away,
and Gail used to come around and trash the joint,
but she moved off to Dana Point –
and you went along, just for the ride,
and you both committed suicide;
and day is breaking over Cobscook Bay,
and i've never seen anything like it in my life.

The cow gave birth and her calves are snow white;
they huddle up close together at night,
and the mama cow leans down and cleans her young,
licking their faces with her tongue:
and unmarked airplanes buzz the air,
and you're falling off that cliff somewhere
in California, which I've never seen.
I put the pieces all together, but I don't know what they mean,
and day is breaking over Cobscook Bay,
and I've never seen anything like it in my life.


from Isopanisad Radio Hour, released May 1, 2000


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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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