Collapsing Stars
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Dilaudid EP




the Mountain Goats



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Collapsing Stars is the third track from the Dilaudid EP. A demo of the song also appears on Come, Come to the Sunset Tree.


When we hid out behind the risers at the high school
Working bitter calculations with a slide rule
The grim particulars of poisoning the swimming pool
Well, you looked me in the eye
Ready to die

We were becoming what we are
Collapsing stars

When we chewed up pseudoephedrine like bubblegum
'Til our hearts were beating as deep and rich as kettle drums
We knew if we waited long enough the change would come
And then the day did come, and at last
Hold tight
Hold fast

Catch lightning in a jar
Collapsing stars

I told you to load up on provisions
'Cause we wouldn't be back for a while
Load up your troubles in your old kit bag
Turn toward the camera and smile, smile, smile

When we ditched the plan to poison all our enemies
Tucked our weapons in a clearing, and covered them with leaves
We are gonna come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves
One day
And we are on our way

You can look
but you won't find
Another love like ours
collapsing stars

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "Well, I'll tell you what. I'll play Collapsing Stars, which also didn't make the album, which my wife was really bummed about, because, well, it was kinda her favorite of the bunch. Kind of a hard song to play, but I'll see what I can do." - 2005-01-26 - WELH Session - Providence, RI

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