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Korean Bird Painting

from New Asian Cinema by the Mountain Goats

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Yesterday I put in a good 5 hours
talking to the statues
Chased your memory all around the room
Didn't manage to catch you
But I cleaned out the savings account
Blew everything I had on flowers
Covered up the furniture in carnations
Rolled around for hours

And there are those of you who’ve got the wrong idea right now
But man, you should have seen me when I got through
Indistinguishable from a fourth century Briton
Waiting on the couch for you
And I put all the extras on the credit card
Mobiles of the galaxy and mylar balloons
Everything we'd saved up in one room at the same time
Cartoon stars, crescent moons
Thank you notes, get well cards
Condolences, congratulations
Bright colors, hues and signals
Reminders and reverberations


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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