Going to Queens






the Mountain Goats



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Going to Queens is the ninth song on the album Sweden.


the ghostly sing-song 
of the children playing double-dutch. 
I felt the wind come through the window 
I felt it turn around and switch back. 
in the second story room 
in Jamaica Queens 
your hair was dripping wet. 
your skin was clean. 
and the children skipping rope 
tripled their speed 
you were all I'd ever wanted 
you were all I'd ever need. 
in New York City 
in the middle of July 
the air was heavy and wet 
the air was heavy, your body was heavy on mine. 
I will know who you are yet. 
I will know who you are yet.

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "This is a song about how when time gets a little rough, you can always fall back on round-the-clock boning. You can just, if things get hard in your relationship, you don’t have to talk if you don’t want to. Man! Maybe you got nothing to say. Just have sex until it gets better. Write me if it doesn’t work after five or six years." -- 2006-12-02 - Pitzer College - Claremont, CA

Things Referenced in this SongEdit

  • Jamaica, Queens - a working class multiethnic neighborhood in eastern Queens

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