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Houseguest is a song originally by Franklin Bruno's band, Nothing Painted Blue. It appeared on their 1994 release Placeholders. It has since been covered by the Mountain Goats many times, usually with John Darnielle forgoing his guitar and being accompanied only by Peter Hughes (former member of Nothing Painted Blue) on bass, and occasionally Jon Wurster on drums.

LyricsEdit

Mailman came while you were out
I was sleeping at your house
Letter from your lover
With an Ottawa address

Fill the shower up with steam
Find out what you mean to him
Before I hand it over
I'll push the flap back down and press
Yes, I'll leave everything the way I found it

I'll bet I'm the best
House guest
House guest you've ever had
I'll bet I'm the best
House guest
House guest you've ever had

I never leave my socks around
I always keep the TV down
And when I leave
I never leave
A mess

We were resting on the couch
There was nothing much to watch
Other than my manners
And your waning graciousness
Ease your thumb off the remote
Place my palms against your throat
The heat in here's infernal
And so's that entry in your journal
Yeah, it changed everything the day I found it

I'll bet I'm the best
House guest
House guest you've ever had
I'll bet I'm the best
House guest
To ever crash at your pad

I've done things in your room
You'd be ashamed to accuse me of
It's just a tendency I have when certain people
Refuse me love
Refuse me love
Refuse me love
You refuse, I accuse

Yes, I'll leave everything the way I found it

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "It is a fact that we have played this song too many times. [Audience cheers.] God bless and keep you for that response, that's quite wonderful. So if you don't mind, I should like to sing it again." -- 2008-03-02 - Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA
  • "This is a song about the feelings that you might have toward another person who you suspect is, seeing somebody else, you know, behind your back and stuff, you know. And you might think, 'I'm gonna find out about all that.'" -- 2010-04-11 - The Zoo - Brisbane, Australia

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