Shadows on the broad lawn canopy of trees
Sometime after midnight the ground is gonna freeze
Birds in the frosty air
What are they doing there?

Greenhouse full of butchers brooms
Breezes at my back
Sometime before the sun comes up
The earth is gonna crack

I look down at my hands
Like they were mirrors

Fresh coffee at sunrise
Warm my lips against the cup
Been waiting such a long time now
My number's finally coming up

All the neighbors come on out to their front porches
Waving torches


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    General CommentThis is off the new album right?...anyways...kool song

    Mountain Goats are amazing
    *Modest_ Mouse*on September 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song for the imagery! And the percussion in the background is just amazing!

    Birds in the frosty air
    What are they doing there?

    Greenhouse full of butchers brooms
    drew29on January 21, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationSerial killer, anyone? At the end of his run, about to be caught and somehow already waiting for it. Maybe because he looks at his bloody hands and realizes what a monster he has become.
    infinityontrialon March 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentJohn's albums are usually themed. this one is no different, and it arrived timely to my own self-destruction.

    IMHO, "Get Lonely" is about the dissolution of a marriage (or the modern equivalent of). at the end of the relationship, as the couple split in two you are left with someone staying behind in the house and the other is cast out in to the world as "the bad spouse".

    have none of you looked down at your hands "like they were mirrors"? you must realize at some point in your life, OMG what have i done? how did i end up here? that's also the same moment you realize that the whole neighbourhood thinks you're a monster. how could you treat so bad that she wanted you gone?

    onezanon August 14, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song, like most of the album, is about someone who feels they are all alone in the world due to various circumstances...sometimes beyond their control, sometimes not. They are afraid of the way they see the world, and how the world sees them.
    OctaVariuM8on July 24, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI've always thought of the album as the thoughts/events leading up to someone's suicide. In "Wild Sage" the character seems to be getting used to the idea of leaving. Whether it's leaving their house, city, life, it's not really made clear but it seems more vague. In this song, the person is reflecting on life in general with a more nihilistic lens, and wondering if leaving a set place isn't good enough.
    eyeless.in.the.morningon March 29, 2015   Link

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