The neighbors are cloning themselves We found their cocoons in the garbage We'll either stay high forever, or crash in an hour or two Sleeping the sleep of the blessed Picking through trashcans with you The guy on TV is a prophet You just have to look in his eyes And we'll either turn our lives over to Christ or we'll just drift off Trying to better ourselves Giving up after one or two tries The high school's a front for Yakuza Everyone, everyone knows it And we will all shortly be richer than God if we'll just hold on As long as we play all our cards right As long as nobody here blows it I've drawn up a map of Rialto The holding tank's full for the night I heard all about it on citizens band, it's a brand new day We'll be awake until Thursday The future's disarmingly bright
Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit
- "'Deserters,' technically a 'demo' though the word has always given me fits, is the song that sparked the We Shall All Be Healed album, and has a number of images that are sort of touchstones for me." -- Blog post
Things Referenced in this SongEdit
- The Yakuza are members of an infamous Japanese crime syndicate.
Live Shows this Song Was Played atEdit
|Internet releases by John Darnielle|
Exclusive: "Acceptable Damages Sutra" • "All Devils Here Now" • "The Big Unit" • "Brandy Let's Go" • "Bride" • "Counting Song for Bitter Children" • "Cut Off Their Thumbs #1" • "Deserters" • "Extreme South #1" • "Flower Song" • "For the Krishnacore Bands" • "From TG&Y" • "Going Back to California" • "Going Invisible" • "Hye Kye" • "New World Emerging Blues" • "Pure Crystal" • "Short Song for Justin Bieber and His Paparazzi" • "Sign of the Crow 2" • "There Is Power in a Union" • "Thucydides II-58" • "Tyler Lambert's Grave"• "The Ultimate Jedi Who Wastes All the Other Jedi and Eats Their Bones" • "You and Me and a High Balcony"