All Hail West Texas




the Mountain Goats



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Balance is the sixth song on the album All Hail West Texas.


two tall glasses of sweet iced tea
underneath the sweetgum tree,
and the love we once nurtured, you and me,
disintegrating violently.
stick your tongue out.
catch the pieces as they drift down the air.
I am too slow to catch them all,
not too far gone to care. 

two slow summer hours spent picking at the bones,
figuring the interest on delinquent loans.
speaking in sad and mournful tones,
trying to squeeze tears out of mute stones.
wet your finger.
place it toward the wind.
feel disaster in the air.
we are far too slow to outrun it now.
not too far gone to care.

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

Things Referenced in this SongEdit

The line "trying to squeeze tears from mute stone" is a reference to Cicero's In Varrem 2.5.171. "if I uttered them in some most desolate wilderness to the stones and rocks, still all things, mute and inanimate as they might be, would be moved..."

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