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New Star Song
7z0US

Album

Beautiful Rat Sunset

Released

1994

Artist

the Mountain Goats

Length

3:02

Previous Track

"Itzcuintli-Totzli Days"

Next Track

"Song for Cleomenes"

New Star Song is the second song on the EP Beautiful Rat Sunset.

LyricsEdit

I hung pictures of you from every lamp post in town
As the humidity climbed into numbers I don't care to repeat
The air was heavy and the sky was alive
And the Pacific Starlight train wasn't due in 'til 11:45

I thought about how cold you must be
I thought about things I thought that I'd soon be forgetting
I thought of you up in Canada as the lightning storms lit up
All downtown Redding

There were teenagers in mini-trucks coming around every corner
You could taste the adrenaline coming out through their skin
I came to the well-lit doorway of a sheet music store
I saw my face in the glass, sat down in the doorway and I settled in

I thought about how cold you must be
I thought about things I thought that I'd soon be forgetting
I thought of you up in Canada as the lightning storms lit up
All downtown Redding

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "It's actually based on genuine experience, except for the 'you' being addressed in the song -- there was no 'you', right. But I really did spend, uh, a good fourteen hours up in, uh, far northern California and, uh, this is about that afternoon where I watched all four movies at a four-plex, and none of them were any good." -- 1998-02-06 - Cow Haus - Tallahassee, FL
  • "'New Star Song' is a true story about the time I had a 10-hour layover between buses in Redding, California." -- John's Tumblr

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