We Shall All Be Healed  is an unreleased song by the Mountain Goats. In the times it has been performed, its lyrics and format have changed drastically; this can be attributed to John Darnielle initially playing it while saying it was "unfinished". While it shares a title with the album We Shall All Be Healed, it does not appear on that album. It is also known as Rose Quarter Drifting.


Left home in a blur
Arrived in the night
Everything is going to be alright
Came back to the place
Where it all flared out
Just to check if the reservoir
Still bore the mark of the drought

Up to 13th and Taylor, check my pulse
You weren’t there, and neither was anybody else
Stared down demons, came back breathing
No real point in ever leaving
Tracy and Ivory and Brad and me too
We will see some great miracle before the night is through

Slipped in through the entrance
Stood in the hall
Left my fingerprints on the elevator wall
Went down to my old room
Stood outside in the middle
Wondering if parts of me
Were still there in it

Who can say it won’t be me
You are gone now and I am free
Wesley and Quinn and Devon and you
We will all be fixed up as good as new 

And I stared at the number 10 on my old apartment’s door
That’s one ghost that can’t bite me anymore
And someday we will all feel at home in our new skin
And someday we will never be alone again
When the sun comes up and the night has passed
We shall all be healed at last, at last, at last

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "That song doesn't actually really exist, I found the lyrics to it in a notebook about a month ago, and then I threw some chords down above it, and I played it, like, as this quasi-ad lib in Lawrence, Kansas a couple of weeks ago. And then I found it in my notebook again so I was, 'Hey Matt, if you're like following me on this thing, it's in G.' And Matt is game. He's never heard a note of that before just now." -- 2015-10-04 - Saturn - Birmingham, AL
  • "But my second-favorite thing to do is write a title track and then not put it on the record.... This is a song, it's called, um, uh, 'Rose Quarter Drifting,' but its other title is 'We Shall All Be Healed.'" -- 2016-12-04 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC

Things Referenced in this SongEdit

  • "13th and Taylor" refers to one of two possible intersections in Portland, Oregon Southwest Taylor Street and Southwest 13th Avenue; or Southeast Taylor Street and Southeast 13th Avenue.
  • In one of the song's two titles, "Rose Quarter" refers to a section of inner Northeast Portland.
  • The line "Stared down demons, came back breathing" also appears in another unreleased song, You Were Cool.

Live Shows this Song Was Played atEdit

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