We've updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.

Treetop Song

from New Asian Cinema by the Mountain Goats

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.
    Purchasable with gift card

      name your price



All along the interstate
The palm trees were calling out to me
The line of them stretched down the highway forever
As far as I could see
And I waited til the sun was coming up
Light morning traffic and a cool spring breeze
And I heard the old voices calling down
fFrom the tops of the trees

And when I got up to the top, my head got light
And for a minute everything in the world was alright
And I saw the next tree just 10 feet away
Give or take a few feet, I guess
And then I pushed off into the air with all my might
And headed out into the center of the morning light
And I knew that I was gonna make it
The new tree hardly shook to acknowledge my arrival
And I knew that I would be alright


from New Asian Cinema, released January 1, 1998


all rights reserved



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
... more


contact / help

Contact the Mountain Goats

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this track or account

If you like the Mountain Goats, you may also like: