They Are Stone Swallowers


 Get Lonely




the Mountain Goats



They Are Stone Swallowers is a bonus track from the album Get Lonely. It was available on the Japanese version of the Get Lonely CD.


You went away to Stockholm for a week
You came back with some scratch-marks on your cheeks
The towers line the highway and they cry
From deep down in their guts until they die

The water tower crew are total devils
Toxicity near saturation levels
I rise up and greet the day
See the serpents rising from the clay

You were headed down to Salzburg for the night
All my hair was turning white
You and your crew were good to go
So many people that we'll never really know

I saw the city men, they make me laugh
Digging up the cables, cutting them in half
I watch the ancient sun until it falls
See the serpents coming through the walls

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "the story with this song: vanderslice and I had just gotten to know each other and he's sayin "so you really still record with just a 4-track" and I'm like "fuck a 4-track, that shit is for rich people, I use a boombox" and he says "what happened to your 4-track?" and I say "you ain't hearin me pops, I never had a 4-track" so he says "no shit, holy balls. you want one?" cause he's got one in his basement studio that he never uses now that he owns a recording studio. I say "sure but I'll probably never use it, my boombox suits me just fine" and then I forget about the whole thing but a month later I get a note to come to the post office for some package and boom it is a 4-track. it just so happens that I have an ESP electric guitar at this time that I'm wanting to hear how it sounds on tape so I sit down and write a song but the little picking pattern I'm doing is hard to keep rhythm in so I grab this antique drum pad that the local music shop had on clearance for like 20 bucks. it's an old old OLD Roland pad I think, I just now tried to look for it to tell you the make and model but no luck, the room where I keep my gear is a big mess. Anyway I assign a sound to the metronome and then played rhythm guitar along with that, then added the "ding" sound and all that stuff with drumsticks as an overdub. overdubbed vocals and a lead guitar and then I was done." -- forums

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