When we hid out behind the risers at the high school
Working bitter calculations with a slide rule
The grim particulars of poisoning the swimming pool
The way you looked me in the eye, ready to die

We were becoming what we are
Collapsing stars

When we chewed up Baby Aspirin like bubblegum
Till our hearts were beating deep and rich as kettle drums
We knew if we waited long enough the change would come
And then the day did come, and at last

Hold tight
Hold fast
Catch lightning in a jar
Collapsing stars

I told you to load up on provisions
Cuz' we wouldn't be back for a while
Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag
Turn toward the camera and smile, smile, smile

When we ditched the plan to poison all our enemies
Stuffed our weapons in a clearing, and covered them with leaves
We are gonna come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaths one day
Well we are on our way

You can look
But you won't find
Another love like ours
Collapsing stars

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  • +3
    General CommentHe says Baby Aspirin in the version from Come Come to the Sunset Tree and Pseudoephedrine on the Dilaudid single. Also "Bringing in the Sheaves" is an allusion to an old hymn, and "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile Smile Smile" is a song from the Thirties.
    chairmanroflmaoon October 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNot entirely sure what this song's about. It appears to be a "standard bitter love song" ; ) but I dunno if that's too literal.

    Great metaphor though.
    Alagemoon July 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is actually about his own life, it was set to appear on The Sunset Tree, and it actually appears as a b-side on one of that album's singles.
    He said that his wife loved it, but it just didn't make it onto the record.
    death_list5on August 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis could be one of the "Star" songs (e.g. Stars Fell on Alabama, New Star Song, Stars Around Her). That series is about spending time with a significant other or beloved.

    Or maybe not because it's autobiographical, but it would make sense.
    theemperorfabulouson November 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti dont know if its just me, or my version of this song, but im sure darnielle sings
    "when we chewed up pseudoephedrine"
    it doesnt make much difference i know but i really love that line like that.
    J.Parretton April 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI live in Asia and so I haven't heard this song yet. Lyrics look interesting, though. As do other Mountain Goats lyrics

    Saw the Tiny Desk Concert of Mountaineer Goat John Darnielle over at
    Postmodernist yet appealing and lively.

    Landed here, though, via another Collapsing Star song: "thoughts of collapsing stars" glasgow's richard youngs' "valley of the ultrahits"

    See also 1977 report on collapsing stars of Orion
    stedawaon January 06, 2010   Link

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