The lights went out in New York
Then they went out in Goshen
I got stuck in Goshen and that was sad.
The townsolf stared hard
Like their minds had been marred
By life in a district so downtrodden and drab.

I flagged down a stranger
In a worn wooden wheelchair
And when I asked if he knew of a hotel
He said "if I get your meaning
Then I'm definitely leaning
Towards recommending the Farmer's Hotel."

As I left to find the place
A mother loooked me in the face
And whispered "please sir, not the Farmer's Hotel."
Once where I was headed
She swore I would regret it
Though what might happen she wouldn't foretell.

The old place it was vicious
Wicked and pernicious
"Please stay clean of that rank abbatoir"
Though her words alarmed me
I was stuck until morning
And in the end we must be who we are.

With no light on the door
I wasn't quite sure
If a night clerk was working within
From behind a red curtain
Limped a perilous person
He appeared to have some egg on his chin.

This old yankee warlock
Brushed back a gray forelock
And bid me to sign in the book
With no bonhomie
He proffered the key
Never once did he give me a look.

I thanked the old codger
And in my role as the lodger
I headed upstairs for to sleep
There was no air of slumber
The doors, they had no numbers
Which room was intended for me?

The passage kept on going
Like the carpet was flowing
Towards that thing at the end of the hall
My own eyed had adjusted
This account can be trusted
Because I know that I saw what I saw.

I heard animal noises
And tangled up voices
Chanting more and of rumors of more
There's no natural law
That can explain what I saw
Spread out on that straw-covered floor.

Now I've put an ocean
Between myself and Goshen
To get away from the Farmer's Hotel
If you get a nation
To travel to Goshen
Please stay away from the Farmer's Hotel

The lights went out in Goshen
Just like poetry in motion
And I checked into the Farmer's Hotel
Things to unclean
Are better left unseen
Please keep away from the Farmer's Hotel

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    General CommentI live in Goshen, Ny.
    This amuses me quite a bit.
    I pass the Farmer's Hotel daily.
    Zaeydeon May 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNot sure if it's directly related but fits in with the jewish references in their music: The Land of Goshen is named in the bible as the place in Egypt given to the Hebrews by the pharaoh of Joseph, and the land from which they later left Egypt at the time of the Exodus. It was located in the eastern Delta, and the name helps place the date of the story in the period from the 7th to the 4th centuries BCE, the period in which the name was in use.
    ashley89on January 06, 2012   Link
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    General Commentahh this song is so wonderful... It makes me want to google, find and stay at the farmers hotel. That way I can have my own account of what goes on there. Some of the visuals these Tanglewood songs paint rival Bright Flight. I love it.

    Long live the Joo's
    MrMochaon November 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFarmer's Hotel
    97 Greenwich Ave
    Goshen NY
    blarsen@nonews.neton September 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song might also be referencing the Northeast blackout of 2003, which would have affected both NYC and Goshen, NY.

    It never occurred to me that this motel might actually exist. Damn.
    eric114223on October 23, 2014   Link

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