Insurance Fraud #2


The Coroner's Gambit




the Mountain Goats



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Insurance Fraud #2 is the 14th song on the album The Coroner's Gambit.


Bag full of oily rags
Fifty cent lighter
Dreams of retirement in Cancun 
Burning ever brighter
There's a lot of ways to make money in this world
But I can't recommend insurance fraud

Burned out shell of a Volkswagen
Blood stains on the driveway
Torn up Mercedes by the side of the highway
Big plans, big plans
Let me tell you something, sister
You will never get away with it

You were sitting in the recliner with the TV on
When you said something evil and then you were gone
Explosives in the water main
A blown fuse
College graduation photograph
Splashed all over the six o'clock news
I won't be cashing in your policy
'Til I find out what it is you're trying to do to me

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "{checking setlist} Oh, no. Oh, no...This is going to go poorly for all of us...This song was only ever played once: when it was recorded. There were two takes of it, hence the number next to its title on the album. I have no idea what the tuning was that I was doing...This is on The Coroner's Gambit, and what you might've thought was an extraordinarily expensive sound effect at the end of it, it's actually a train. Because we lived right next to the train tracks in Colo—I mean, not literally on them because we'd be dead, but we were at a crossing. It made recording an entirely different enterprise than checking into a recording studio. You sorta had to get in and get out before the next train comes. Sometimes you don't get out in time. Sometimes it comes through at just the right moment. That's why this made the album." -- 2007-06-17 - Zoop - Farm Sanctuary - Watkins Glen, NY

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