Mosquito Repellent
Black Pear Tree


Black Pear Tree EP




the Mountain Goats & Kaki King



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Mosquito Repellent is the second song on the collaboration EP Black Pear Tree.


All day all day
Sweeping out the shards
Do what I have to do
Try to start anew
But I thought of you twice
Couldn't help myself
I don't know what I need
Clutching and fingering the rosary beads

But I try, try, try, but I know
I can't let go
Try, try, try, but I know
I can't let go

TV upstairs
Leave it on all night
Do what I have to do
Add, subtract, and divide by two
But my eyes light up
At Cops and Robbers time
I hope the bad guys win
I hope the good guys get their skulls bashed in

And I try, try, try, but I know
I can't let go
I can't let go

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "So on the one hand, it's not good to speak in generalities, but on the other hand, it is the case that when a young man begins to write indie rock songs, he often thinks there are few figures more romantic that he could cut than that of a lover who has been wronged and who is wearing his pain like a great mask with which to torment the woman who he once loved and who he will always love and will write several hundred songs about, releasing them on split seven-inches, compilations, limited cassettes, and occasionally as an exclusive on his MySpace. So one generally, with noteworthy exceptions, outgrows this writing tendency on account of it's juvenile. But, but every once in a while, you want to go revisit that tortured lover who, whose torturedness is so massively tortured that no one can really comprehend the extent of the torture. You know, so when Kaki King, one of my favorite musicians on the planet, sent me an instrumental to write lyrics for, I thought, 'You know what, I gotta go back to the tortured, unquiet lover guy. Let me see what he has to say.' It is the first - [Kaki King: "It's so unlike you."] Yes, I know. It's the first song I've written in that voice in a long time. It's called 'Mosquito Repellent'." -- 2008-11-08 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY

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