the sun came up above the strange white plain.
blood red flowers all wet with rain
and the spirit wasn't really willing anymore, but the flesh was very very strong.
and i've got very little money left, and i've got no sense,
but I'll have none of your god damned impudence.
the sun came up above the new white fields,
everything was new again.
pure power, stripped of meaning, sky burning, spring cleaning.

daisies on the hillside like cancer on the skin.
pretty little yellow eyes that flutter in the wind,
I'd be grateful my children aren't here here to see this,
if you'd ever seen fit to give me children.
and my defenses may be working with a skeleton crew,
but I'll be skinned alive before I'll take this from you.
the sun came up above the ocean out west,
all the colors of the rainbow.

stand up straight, you can see the house leaning.
day breaking, spring cleaning.

Lyrics submitted by IAmACliche

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    General CommentI have a tape of this song, from 2004 in SanFran.
    John introduces the song with:

    "This is a song I sing, that I want you to have in your heart when the day comes that you see a person whose lips, when they first met yours, filled you with a joy that you had not known before that day. When the day comes that the same lips fill you with the revultion you would reserve for an open grave, I want you to know this song. You may not want to sing it, you may not want to remember it. But I have sadistic tendencies! And I want you to remember me on that day, cause I've ben right down there with you."

    It gives it a good bit of context, I think.
    ABookOnAShelfon May 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing song.
    IAmAClicheon September 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis was my singular favourite Mountain Goats song for a long time. Live is honestly the only way to listen to it.
    yimenoon December 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is very Mountain Goats, if by definition that means "a song of dying love." Also my favorite MG song for some time, prob'ly 'til Tallahassee's release.
    mindsaleon June 21, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"I'd be grateful my children aren't here here to see this,
    if you'd ever seen fit to give me children."

    Wow! One of the most biting, spiteful lyrics I've every heard. John is one of the greatest lyricists ever! Right up there with Dylan in my book.
    Alagemoon July 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentscrew dylan. darnielle wins.
    thebaddoctoron November 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song mentions "spring cleaning" and that's what it feels like. A spring cleaning of emotions.
    batrainbowon April 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentJohn Darnielle's own explanation (thank you, ABOAS) is probably the best I could ever have mustered and true to the spirit of it. Like with 'No Children' I get the sense of sharp, indignant bitterness. I feel possessed by exactly what Darnielle said, that disgust you get looking at a person with whom you were once happy and now you draws an utter revulsion. You want nothing more to stand up and when the next battle when treated to that disrespect.
    Eccentricityon October 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"The sun came up above the ocean out west"

    God damn it, John, the sun rises in the east.
    Michael Fureyon November 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song sounds like it could be about the alpha couple. Both the narrator in this song and the alpha male become so frustrated that they want to die in the worst way possibly just because their wife won't give them children.
    cbinghamon January 21, 2018   Link

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