Downtown north past the airport
A dream in switchgrass and concrete
Three gray floors of smoky windows
Facing the street

Michael pulls the blinds back up
Stares blankly down at the intersection
Watching for the guy who's got the angel dust
Crystal clear connection

Days like dominoes
All in a line
We cheer for the home team every time
Lakeside View, Lakeside View
Lakeside View for my whole crew

Most nights now sleep in the kitchen
Keep my face cool on the floor
And John, John comes by to drop off his envelopes
Still playing postman after all these years

Pull down my army surplus jacket
Dig through some drawers to find the keys
Emerge transformed in a million years
From days like these

Under each eye little greasepaint smudge
You can't judge us - you're not the judge
Lakeside View, Lakeside View
Lakeside View for my whole crew

And just before I leave
I throw up in the sink
One whole life recorded
In disappearing ink

And Ray left a message thumbtacked to the door
I don't even bother trying to read them anymore
Lakeside View Lakeside View,
Lakeside View for my whole crew


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  • +7
    General Comment"Veins full of disappearing ink
    Vomiting in the kitchen sink"
    -Elliott Smith, A Fond Farewell
    avoidperilon September 21, 2012   Link
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    General CommentGreat song, probably my favorite on the album. Never picked up on that Elliott Smith reference. That's pretty cool. Anyway, it seems to be a pretty straightforward piece about a drug den, but it's told in an incredibly evocative manner.
    akb2112on October 07, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEverytime I hear "You can't judge us - you're not the judge" I think of Darnelle singing it to Judge John Hodgeman.
    clovuson January 15, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningRecently saw the Mountain Goats live in Bloomington, IN (John's birthplace if you didn't know).

    Before this song John said it was about the strange, terrifying places he would go looking for drugs. He talked about now knowing where they were, how long they had been there, or if they even existed at all. They had a certain dark power, and after your time with that dark power you needed to leave. However, there is something special about your time with the dark power.

    This song is about the dark power.
    gnjansonon September 25, 2016   Link
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    General Comment"You can't judge us, you're not the judge" is one of my favorite lines ever. You don't have to have worked in a drug den to be able to empathize and relate to that line. .
    cbinghamon January 16, 2018   Link

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