The day I turned my back on all you people
I felt an itching in my thumbs
Salt air like a broadcast from the distant dark beyond
When my transformation comes

I went down to the warm warm water
Saw a pelican fly past
Waved once at the highway and then left all that behind me
I went wading through the grass

And no one was gonna come and get me
There wasn't anybody gonna know
Even though I leave a trail of burned things in my wake
Every single place I go

And it was cool and it was quiet
In the humid marsh down there
I let my head sink down beneath the brackish water
Felt it gumming up my hair

The sun was sinking into the Atlantic
The last time that I turned my back on you
I tried to summon up a little prayer as I went under
It was the best that I could do

And I said let them all fare better than your servant
The reeds all pricking at my skin
Here's hoping they have better luck than I had down here with you
All that water rushing in

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  • +5
    General CommentRE: "The sun was sinking into the Atlantic"

    Corolla is in the Outer Banks; like islands, there's ocean on both sides. I've not personally been to that part of the outer banks, but it's about two miles east of "mainland" North Carolina. So there's probably enough water for a fairly nice sunset.
    randyunpluggedon June 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAfter hearing that last line, I shuddered as I realized he was drowning himself. It's not only an ending to a song, but an ending for the whole album. A very haunting bit of closure for the lonliness described throughout the entire recording...Chilling. And Perfect.
    -jeramie-on August 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentkinda creeps me out to hear this for another reason. the mountain goats live in durham, nc. i live on the outer banks of nc, not too far away, and with the ocean references i'm assuming the title refers to corolla, nc, which i live right near and which i used to work in. kind of odd, in a way.
    tundradesert81on September 18, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentsuicide.
    shewouldnton October 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe did this at the end of a live show in Ithaca NY, and in a room of 200 people you could have heard a pin drop. You needed to be that quiet: his voice was barely more than a whisper, but god what a punch this song packs. I saw people crying by the end. That was back when the record had only just come out a few days ago, so many people hadn't heard the song before. I think it took them by surprise.
    alphabravoon September 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt is servant, not serpent. Yes, there's reference earlier in the album to him being a snake to her Eve, but this is a prayer to God, not to her. Additionally, the final word here is them instead of you:

    Here's hoping they have better luck than I had down here with them*

    "Them" is referencing other people in general. Kind of a "hope they do better than I did," a half-assed prayer before "all that water rushing in" and the narrator drowns.

    Today was the first I really heard all the lyrics and it is easily one of the most devastating songs I've heard.
    Lightbluenesson February 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNow, it may just be that I'm extremely dense, but I don't understand the line that reads "The sun was sinking into the Atlantic". The sun sets in the west relative to one's position, so how could the narrator be in North Carolina or anywhere in America for that matter and see the sun sinking into the Atlantic?
    ALackofColorHereon May 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't think this is a suicide- it seems more of a "So, I wanted to kill myself but I couldn't even do *that*" sort of a thing. Cathartic and melodramatic, maybe, but it could help him move on.
    1fishon May 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the lyrics are *your servant, aren't they?
    amyclaeon November 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh god i go to corolla every year. this is perfect.
    ireallylikebagelson September 18, 2011   Link

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