When I rose from a heavy sleep
I was stepping lightly
And I put on my gray suit
And the matching fedora

Ready to face the world
Fairly nearly ready
Came down the hallway
Looked in the mirror

I’m gonna break something
I’m gonna break something today
And sweep all the pieces away

And I stood before the mirror then
Like I was waiting for a phone call
Squinting like a lost traveler in a thick fog
But nothing clear came into view
Except for you
Just off in the distant horizon
Something hidden in your hand

I’m gonna break something
I’m gonna break something today
And sweep all the pieces away

So I pulled my hat brim down over my eyes
And preened and posed and tried my new self on for size
Then I was out the door in the faint winter sunlight
Just a number in the crowd smiling at everyone

Oh but who’d smile back at a face like that?
I’m gonna break something
I’m gonna break something today
And sweep all the pieces away


Lyrics submitted by n_a_r_i_n, edited by concreteblues

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    General CommentGod, this song is so good. John is the voice of every one of us poor teenagers facing the hard, hard truth of growing up.

    What it's saying is, life is really sucky...and there's a lot of shit we have to face...and we hurt ourselves and everyone hurts us...but we do the best we can, right. This is life.
    ABookOnAShelfon February 12, 2008   Link
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    General Commenteveryone should look up john performing this at harvest of hope fest. i cried.
    this honestly might be my favorite mountain goats song. definitely in the top five at the very least.
    concreteblueson May 08, 2011   Link

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