From TG&Y (also known as For TG&Y) is an unreleased song by the Mountain Goats. A version recorded in the fall of 2006 at Electrical Audio with producer John Congleton was posted on the forums by John Darnielle on September 17, 2007.


Out behind the Safeway
Just before the flood
Huffed some cans of spray paint
And begin to vomit blood
One more night in this town's
Gonna break me I just know
Hang on to your dreams 'til someone makes you let them go

Stumbled on down Indian Hill
Tail between my legs
Sick taste in my mouth
Folgers Crystals and hard boiled eggs
If I can't run away tonight
I don't know what I'll do
Hang on to your dreams 'til someone beats them out of you

Do what you have to do
Go where you have to go
When the time comes to loosen up your grip, you'll know

Called my friend in New York
Three thousand miles away
Halfway through her metamorphosis
Nothing I could say
Hoard my small resentments
Like rare and priceless gems
Hang on to your dreams until there's nothing left of them

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "...There was a drugstore there that held on to the bitter end, called TG&Y... and I never knew what TG&Y stood for. It was like this mysterious thing. Oh, that's TG&Y, nobody knows what the T, nor the G, nor the Y stood for. We've got the and figured out. Uh, and there was graffiti behind -- there was this wall separating the apartments from the, the shopping center, and there was, if you went back there, to, say, get high, there was one lone graffito. That's right. I went to college, man, I know the difference between 'graffiti' and 'graffito'. And it said, 'LSD is good.' This song is more or less a true story, and it's called 'From TG&Y'." -- 2006-12-02 - Pitzer College - Claremont, CA
  • "This is a song about how you cope with what you got to cope with when you're sixteen years old and you're not an abuse survivor yet because you're in the middle of surviving and it's called 'From TG&Y'." -- 2013-01-20 - Rock for Roe at The Pinhook - Durham, NC

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