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Your Belgian Things
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Album

We Shall All Be Healed

Released

2004

Artist

the Mountain Goats

Length

3:49

Previous track

"The Young Thousands"

Next Track

"Mole"

Your Belgian Things is the sixth song on the album We Shall All Be Healed.

LyricsEdit

The men were here to get your Belgian things
They'll store them for you in an airplane hangar
There's guys in biohazard suits
Mud caking on their rubber boots
They've come to keep your pretty things from danger 

The men were here to get your Belgian things
They'll spend the whole day hauling them downstairs
I shot a roll of thirty-two exposures
My camera groans beneath the weight it bears 

I can see you in my sleep
Playing the points for all you're worth
Walking gingerly across the bruised earth

The men were here to get your Belgian things
They waltzed right through the door and went fluorescent
Their boots were black and shiny and your treasures gleamed like stars
Bones from deep down in the fertile crescent

The arteries are clogging in the mainframe
There's too much information in the pipes
I saw the mess you left up in the east bedroom
A tiger's never gonna change its stripes
I guess
I guess but Jesus what a mess
One way in and no way out

The men were here to get your Belgian things
And only I was here to see them do it
I wish you had a number where you are
It's hard with no one here to help me through it

I can see you in my sleep
Playing the points for all you're worth
Walking gingerly across the bruised earth

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "This is a song about tallying up your losses and feeling unduly proud of them. You'll probably do this at some point. Say, 'Wow, I squandered all that good will, and stuff, that I had. I bet no one ever so thoroughly wasted such good things. I must be a badass,' you might say, you will say to yourself, on that day. Then you'll indulge yourself in feeling bad about it. Then if you're me, you'll write a song." -- 2006-10-23 - The Gargoyle - St. Louis, MO
  • "This is a song about the things that surround you that only you can explain to yourself and that are opaque, unreadable symbols to everybody else." -- 2012-04-02 - The Barbican - London, England

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