Ah the lengthening hours in the refinery
Belching fire into the sky
We do our best vampire routines
As we suck the dying hours dry
The night is lovely as a rose
If I see sunlight hit you
I am sure that we'll both decompose

Ah the fitful sleep and the fire engines
That I dream of when I dream
Some day we'll both wake up for good
I will try hard not to scream
The evening wind will shake the blinds
You're stirring from your slumber
We've got something hateful on our minds

Oh sing sing sing
For the dying of the day
Sing for the flames that will rip through here
And the smoke that will carry us away
Yeah sing for the damage we've done
And the worse things that we'll do
Open your mouth up and sing for me now
And I will sing for you

Lyrics submitted by weezerific:cutlery

Alpha Rats Nest song meanings
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  • +8
    General CommentTake Southwood Plantation Road to Old St. Augustine Road; turn onto Capital Circle South and then turn onto Woodville highway which you follow to the coast. Before you come into the bustling metropolis of St. Marks Florida (pop. 272), there sits an old oil refinery alongside the river surrounded by a fense. Guarding the gate sits an old rusted fire engine. Bitter unending love.

    Tallahassee, FL.
    RedLeafon May 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentactually i think the literal end of the alpha couple is alpha omega, when she's actually finally left. this is one of at least two or three "great last gasp" kind of song in the alpha story, where they start to resign themselves to their fate. i think, anyway. i'm not darnielle.
    warsaw_350125on October 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnybody notice the rising black smoke carrying them far away?
    Blithiumon January 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe sustained metaphor in this song is so beautiful and intelligent and perfect. The song, too.
    mindsaleon June 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAh the end of the Alpha's. They were what got me into The Mountain Goats. I'd heard little bits of their stuff but as soon as my brother explained to me the concept (and played a few songs for me) of Tallahassee, I was hooked. So of course, the end saddens me. But I don't believe it could have been more perfect. The hope that lingers on even in the end. Or at least the acceptance. The ability to look back with fond memories. God. Amazing.
    a345jklon January 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionTaken out of the context of the Alpha couple, this song kind of reminds me of Jurgis and Ona from Upton Sinclair's The Jungle.
    emilzeeon August 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI know Alpha Omega is supposed to be the last one, but I am convinced that they both die in Oceanographer's Choice. That leaves Alpha Rats Nest as the finale, a capstone to the whole sordid story. I've always thought of it as the couple taking a bow. Credits roll, everybody sings a happy song to summarize.
    tafoxxon August 18, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlpha Omega is no longer the last song in the Alpha series. True, it was supposed to be. But JD changed it. Alpha Rat's Nest is now the last song in the series.

    In this song, their house burns down with both of them inside it.
    cbinghamon January 16, 2018   Link

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