I got off work just past 11
Laid one finger to the breeze
You can almost taste the action
On nights like these

Trees were bending in the wind
And you were 40 miles away
And I was headed your direction
I'd been waiting all day, i'd been waiting all day

Moon over West Covina
Was huge and white
And I was like a patient on a table
Headed toward the light
Leaned toward the center divider
Feel the wind in my hair
Keep a light up in your window
I'm gonna be right there, I'm gonna be right there
With a gleam in my eye
and an almost airtight alibi

Down by the Chemistry building
I found a quiet place to park
And I made my way down the street toward your place
Stepping lightly in the dark
Climbed the steps up to your doorway
Like a man prepared to jump beneath a train
It's real warm outside tonight
Maybe tomorrow it rains, maybe tomorrow it rains

Inside your room we shut the window
And we turned on a fan
And we lay there together in the darkness
I can keep a secret if you can
Finishing one another's sentences
Like a pair of identical twins
Your boyfriend's out of town until Tuesday
And nobody saw me come in, nobody saw me come in

With a gleam in my eye and an almost airtight alibi


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    General CommentIts obviously about an affair but i love how the use of analogy shows how he feels about it.
    "And I was like a patient on a table. Headed toward the light"
    "Like a man prepared to jump beneath a train"
    And pardon my insight but i doubt "It's real warm outside tonight. Maybe tomorrow it rains" is talking about the weather. seems more like he's thinks its good now, but it can go wrong.
    and although its clear he feels bad about it he knows its worth it because of the connection they have.
    I like this song and I love the mountain goats
    Aborioron April 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHis song is obviously about an affair
    choice_eh_broon May 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is like the least Mountain Goatsy music ever, but it's still so good...it's like surf rock.
    ExoM7on July 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe way things started out, I pretty much expected a song about murder....Seems like an intentional parallel. Or I'm just creepier than I thought.
    McWatton April 10, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWhat I love about this song, and other of JD's songs about adultery (Adultery, How I Left the Ministry to name two) is how he conveys the thrilling high of an illicit affair. The repetition of the lines "I'm gonna be right there" and "nobody saw me come in" are especially euphoric. The "high" and excitement are definitely a big reason that people cheat, and that adrenaline rush can be addictive.
    amanda444on November 25, 2012   Link

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