Sax Rohmer #1


 Heretic Pride




the Mountain Goats



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Sax Rohmer #1 is the first song on the album Heretic Pride. The song has an official music video directed by Ace Norton, which can be viewed here.

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Sax Romher #1

Written in my cave-like office in Durham.

Sax Rohmer wrote pulp spy novels, and there's lots about them that's pretty objectionable; The character Fu Manchu is his best known invention.

But there's a feeling of menace and threat in his stories that's kind of addictive, and the tight-frame atmosphere he crafts has a real appeal to it, especially if you're working in a room with concrete floors and without any natural light. Second guitars here, the electric ones, are by Annie Clark of St. Vincent.


Fog lifts from the harbor, dawn goes down to day
An agent crests the shadows of the nearby alleyway
Piles of broken bricks, sign posts on the path
Every moment points towards the aftermath
Yeah ah ah

Sailors straggle back from their nights out on the town
Hopeless urchins from the city gather around
Spies from imperial China wash in with the tide
Every battle heads toward surrender on both sides

And I am coming home to you
With my own blood in my mouth
And I am coming home to you
If it’s the last thing that I do

Bells ring in the tower, wolves howl in the hills
Chalk marks show up on a few high windowsills
And a rabbit gives up somewhere, and a dozen hawks descend
Every moment leads toward its own sad end
Yeah ah ah

Ships loosed from their moorings capsize and then they’re gone
Sailors with no captains watch awhile and then move on
And an agent crests the shadows and I head in her direction
All roads lead toward the same blocked intersection

I am coming home to you
With my own blood in my mouth
And I am coming home to you
If it’s the last thing that I do

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