Thucydides II-58 is an unreleased song by the Mountain Goats. A version of it was posted on Twitter by John Darnielle on November 3, 2011 as a reward for reaching 25,000 followers. It can be downloaded for free at the official Mountain Goats website.


Red face at noon
Strip naked but can't get free
And doubling over in the street
Dozens just like me
Spreading like a rumor
Spreading like a rumor

And the doctors come traveling house to house
And they visit the sick each day
Sit with them there until they're gone
Die quicker that way
Save who they can save
On their way down to the grave
Spreading like a rumor
Spreading like a rumor

Run to the altars, beg for shade
Take to the high sea thousand strong
Hang on to your goodness while you can
Sweat it out all night long
And listen for the old melody
As it comes to me
On a high wind down from Ethiopia
On a high wind down from Ethiopia
On a high wind down from Ethiopia
On a high wind down from Ethiopia

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "So I looked over toward the right and see that I crested 25k followers recently. This calls for an unreleased song giveaway in my opinion. This song was what we call a 'false start,' I had a whole concept for a project I'll be announcing soon but it went in another direction. First explicitly ancient-world-related song in some time by my count. Here you go everybody! Hope everybody enjoys! By downloading you sign e-blood oath not to be That Guy goin' 'T58:2 sooo much better than [album track]' next year." -- Twitter ([1], [2], [3], [4])

Things Referenced in this SongEdit

  • Thucydides was a Athenian general, philosopher, and historian.

Live Shows this Song Was Played atEdit

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