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Noctifer Birmingham
Fast Forward

Album

Fast Forward 2

Released

1995

Artist

the Mountain Goats

Length

2:30

Previous Track

"I Feel a Siren" (Virginia Dare)

Next Track

"Song for a Dead Friend" (Two Dollar Guitar)

Noctifer Birmingham is the 20th song on the compilation Fast Forward 2. It was re-released on the compilation Ghana.

LyricsEdit

I had to stop and catch my breath
When the telephone rang out as loud as death
It was three in the morning
There was a low drone of katydids behind your voice
And then I came down from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
And I saw you by the highway

You asked me if the north was alright
And I said it got kind of cold at night
I could feel your bones shivering way down there in Birmingham
And then I came down from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
And I saw you by the highway

You reminded me of all the things you'd given up forever
And you asked about the children
And you asked about the weather
And then I came down from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
And I saw you by the highway

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

Things Referenced in this SongEdit

  • "Noctifer" means "evening star" in Latin.

Live Shows this Song Was Played atEdit


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