You and Me and a High Balcony is an unreleased song by the Mountain Goats that was written during 2002 at the same time John Darnielle was writing We Shall All Be Healed. On July 18, 2013, Darnielle found a demo of the song on a CD labelled "New '02" and decided to upload it to his SoundCloud.


Clean slate, warm weather
They should tie our ankles both together
Seagulls calling to one another
If a stranger should ask you, you can tell him I'm your brother
Lean into me, press real hard
I got no good reasons left not to let down my guard
I love your kiss, but it's going to come down to this

You and me and a high balcony
And professional wrestling on pay-per-view

Windows in light
And the radio blaring all night
And the truth slowly dawning on me and then on you

Let's pretend we're all alone
Let's unplug the telephone
Our scale doesn't slide
Here comes tonight, hey, open wide

Don't blink, don't try too hard not to
Just rehearse the alibis your father taught you
See the plastic coating on the windows blister
Anybody asks you, tell them you're my sister 

Yeah, you and me and a table set for three
Just in case our assassin should finally come through
Anhydrous and matches
Why don't we cook up two more batches
With the time closing in on me and then on you

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "ha wow ok NO recollection of this song. office cleaning wins again" -- Twitter
  • "song appears to be about two meth cooks about to run out of luck, possibly a brother-sister duo" -- Twitter
  • "there's no name on the CD, I have no idea what this song was initially called" -- Twitter, on the title he gave the song
  • "I suspect that's right, but thematically it's a more in tMG territory" -- Twitter, on the possibility of it being a lost Extra Glenns song
  • "OK so earlier on Twitter I mentioned that I ran across a CD marked “New ‘02” while “cleaning the office.”* It consists, on auditing, of a bunch of songs that were new in 2002. Plenty of them got recorded at Bear Creek for We Shall All Be Healed; some didn’t. This one seemed worth letting out of its lonely cage. It audibly doesn’t really belong with the songs from We Shall All Be Healed: it shares some themes (meth, tawdry motels) but is formally in a pretty different ballpark and it’s also not very personal, whereas the songs that did end up making We Shall All Be Healed marked my first steps toward writing from direct experience." John's Tumblr

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