Wipe down the windshields and roll down the windows
Let's go where the jackals are breeding
Wrap this bandanna around your head
Don't let anyone see that you're bleeding

Fire up the scanner and keep your eyes on it
Don't speak unless someone speaks to you
Hands in your pockets and sun on your face
The warm love of God coursing through you

Home again
Home again
Garden Grove
Garden Grove

I can remember when we were in high school
Our dreams were like fugitive warlords
Plotting triumphant returns to the city
Keeping Tec-9's tucked under the floorboards
Ah

Now we are practical men of the world
We tether our dreams to the turf
And cruise down these alleys for honey to feed them
Jellyfish riding the surf
Shoving our heads straight into the guts of the stove

Home again
Garden Grove
Garden Grove


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    General CommentJohn at his lo-fi best.

    "I can remember when we were in high school
    Our dreams were like fugitive warlords
    Plotting triumphant returns to the city "

    Magic.
    dagwoodon April 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentinteresting chord progression
    hab204on July 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentone of my favorite mt goats songs, ever
    southamericaon July 30, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Our dreams were like fugitive warlords"

    Genius. John has such a gift for metaphor, and this line is one of his better ones. This song is probably in my top five of his pre-studio sound.
    alphabravoon September 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBest song on We Shall All Be Healed. Period. Yeah, I said it.
    MrDeliriouson November 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI guess in terms of the story of the album, "Your Belgian Things" is about when his friends meth lab explodes, "Mole" is about going to visit his friend in hospital and promising to take him to the desert , and this song is about actually busting him out of hospital
    ("Let's go where the jackals are breeding
    Wrap this bandanna around your head
    Don't let anyone see that you're bleeding")
    Yer_Maon November 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI don't really think that We Shall All Be Healed has that much of a cohesive storyline, it's more like a series of impressions. I think this one is just about how fast and wild it is to be young and high and on fire, and then how that manic energy gets diluted after a while...the transition from "I can remember when we were in high school" to "Now we are practical men of the world" sort of cements this for me.
    Unrelatedly, the line about "shoving our heads/straight into the guts of the stove" reminds me of Lucien Carr (on-and-off lover of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg), who put his head in a gas oven as "a work of art" and was subsequently hospitalized as suicidal. So...whenever I hear it I think of a bunch of half-mad intoxicated beat kids driving around in a green automobile.
    ABookOnAShelfon March 15, 2009   Link
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    General Commentok, so exactly where is Garden Grove and what relevance does to have to John's life?
    i've heard him talk about Garden Grove a couple times and i just wanna know if it has effected his real life
    cabcar9on June 15, 2009   Link
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    General Commentgarden grove is in california, by LA and Anaheim.
    Colosimoon July 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the "busting out of the hospital idea." I also think they're getting high again: "The warm love of God coursing through you."
    discordian555on June 01, 2011   Link

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