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Golden Jackal Song

from New Asian Cinema by the Mountain Goats

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I swung through town
Shining like a new quarter
Felt something sharp rise up within me
When I crossed the border
Wtopped at the gas station payphone
I let my fingers fly
The wicked impulses were dying
But I couldn't let them die

And we were over at your place, singing about the old times
No one had anything to prove
I ate so much carrion
that I could not move
I was bloated

When I saw you in the kitchen
Glistening like the old country
All your cups and glasses
Lined up in front of me
And I stopped at the faucet for a minute
Waited til you came in to see what was wrong
And your fingers brushed my ribs playfully
And I played along

You had your tongue in my mouth
your eyes glistening in the light
I ate rich raw carrion
til I couldn't think right
I was full


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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