Going to Santiago


Transmissions to Horace




the Mountain Goats



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Going to Santiago is the ninth song on the tape Transmissions to Horace. It was re-released on the compilation Bitter Melon Farm. The musical excerpt which appears before the song, identified in 2016 by Isopanisad Radio Hour host Soren Spicknall, is an instrumental version of the jazz standard “I Don’t Know Why (I Just Do)” recorded by Ray Anthony in 1956.


Big birds in the trees 
Car's locked and I've lost my keys
Crashing sounds of the waterfall
And a statue of Jesus two hundred feet tall

Three thousand miles from the port in California
And three little feet from falling off the earth
And the shadow of a mountain 
Should cast a shadow
And the snow underfoot is soft and yielding

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Look at those birds
I'd say something about them but I've lost the words
They're laughing and they're watching me
And the radiator's boiling for no reason

Wild cattle crossing as it strikes their fancy
And a handful of money which does me no good
And a pocketful of medicine to abuse myself with
And a photograph of someone stapled to my shirtsleeve

La la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la
La la la la

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