Going to Port Washington


The Wedding Record




the Mountain Goats



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Going to Port Washington is the second song on the compilation The Wedding Record. It was re-released on the compilation Ghana.


The trees were all decked out in their best fall colors
There was a snap in the air
When you eased down the window
And the New York sun brought out the highlights in your hair
And gently, gently
The constellations aligned
And as we crossed over the Throgs Neck Bridge I had
Something on my mind

When we rolled down the street
In the cool of the morning
I could feel the new day dawn
And somebody'd gone and turned the waterworks on
And slowly, surely
I saw the whole story unwind
I had never loved anyone like I loved you and I had 
Something on my mind

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "Okay, so those of you who are natives will probably find this amusing at best and horribly tourist-y at worst, but I remember the moment that I got the idea that this had to be this next song. Rachel, my old bassist, and I were driving back from Massachusetts—we had to make Long Island before 4 A.M. so we could get a little sleep and then leave. It was our first time out here. And I saw a sign, and it said "Throgs Neck Bridge". And I thought, you know, I'm from California, our bridge would be called, you know, something Spanish Bridge. And so I was like "Throgs?! These people are from a different universe! Awesome, I gotta use that!' so that was where the genesis of this song was, and then a year later my friend Dan got married, and it was on his wedding 7-inch, and this is called 'Going to Port Washington'." -- 2005-07-02 - Old American Can Factory - Brooklyn, NY

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