Heartland Feeling is a song originally by singer-songwriter Beck, released on his 1993 album Golden Feelings. It has been covered by the Mountain Goats during a few live shows, with bassist Peter Hughes singing lead vocals during all known performances of the song.


Old man Johnson got his head in his hand 
Makin' his way across state in a fiddlin' band 
With hair all down in his eyes 
And the microphone all covered with flies 
When he gets done playin', goes back to his room 
Climbs in the bed in his cowboy boots 
And he picks up a magazine, turns on the TV
Lights a cigar as he's fallin' asleep

Well he's only a person 
Who doesn't know shit 
Yeah, nothin' happenin' 
That's about it

Well little Rosanna came from Texarkana 
Had fourteen dollars wrapped in a bandana 
Came into town not lookin' for much 
Well she found a hound dog and she named him Dutch 
She got a job at the arcade takin' quarters 
But she was never too good at takin' orders 
So one night she stopped givin' out change 
She kicked the boss in the shin and unplugged the games
She's only a person 
Who doesn't know shit 
Nothin' happenin' 
That's about it 

Sam got canned at the cannery 
She punched out the clock that night 
His knuckle was bleeding as he walked home
He was cold and he had a headache 
Well his wife was cookin' canned beans 
He took out all the money out of his jeans 
And he set it on fire in the kitchen sink 
As his wife handed him a drink

He was only a person 
Who didn't know shit 
Nothin' happenin' That's about it

Smiley was lookin' for handouts 
Sleepin' in an abandoned lighthouse 
Down at the mini-mall shakin' his hat 
Washin' windows with his bare hand 
He found a sports car with the keys 
In the ignition it just seemed so easy 
He took a joyride, drove it into a hedge 
Came out with the steering wheel wrapped around his head

Well he's only a person 
Who doesn't know shit 
Nothin' happenin' 
That's about it

Well Janie was born in a small town 
Everybody just standin' around 
They had bingo games and the raffle 
Everybody chewin' tobacco 
Well she grew up kinda restless 
All her boyfriends wanted to be dentists 
Well, she got a job at the truck stop 
And she got old fast and never did what she wanted

She's only a person 
Who doesn't know shit
Nothin' happenin' 
That's about it

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