The Lyrics of Darnielle

For a long time, I’ve told myself I would keep a list of really cool lyrics and quotes that I like.  I think I wrote down two and forgot about it.  So recently I have been on a Mountain Goats kick and I’ve re-realized what I’ve known for a while: he is a pretty awesome lyricist.  So I combed through his songs and started jotting down quotes of his that I liked.  When I was done with his library of work, I had 60 quotes.  I’m not going to post them all, because not even my most ardent follower (read: me) would read all those.  But I picked my favorites of the favorites.  I’m just gonna list ’em.  Enjoy.


“No emotion that’s worth having could call my heart its home.”
– Autoclave


“When you punish a person for dreaming his dream,
don’t expect him to thank or forgive you.”
– The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton


“See the young man who dwells inside his body like an uninvited guest.”
– Birth of Serpents


“I started reading the Bible –
I Corinthians 13 –
where Paul talks all about love,
but I don’t know what he means
because he says that love is kind.
That hasn’t been my experience.
So I set the Bible on the kitchen table
and yelled at it until I was unable.
Yeah, I’m talking to inanimate objects over you.”
– The Doll Song


“Hang on to your dreams ’til someone beats them out of you.”
– From TG & Y


“Our love is like Jesus, but worse:
though you seal the cave up where you’ve lain its body,
it rises,
it rises.”
– Going to Marrakesh


“I loved you so much it was making me sick.”
– Going to Scotland


“Held under these smothering waves
by your strong and thick-veined hand,
but one of these days I’m going to wriggle up on dry land.”
– Hast Thou Considered the Tetrapod


“I am not this body
that imprisons me.”
– Isaiah 45:23


“Oh would that you would kiss me
with the kisses of your mouth,
’cause your mouth is sweeter than wine
and has a more complicated history than the American south.”
– New Chevrolet in Flames


“I know that one of us, I’m not saying who,
has got rocks in her head.”
– Orange Ball of Hate


“Our conversations are like minefields:
no one’s found a safe way through one yet.”
– Southwood Plantation Road


“There’s a hole in my chest in the spot that you wormed out through.”
– Standard Bitter Love Song #6


“I am going to make it through this year if it kills me.”
– This Year


“One hopes that the destroyers aspiring to extinguish us
will suffer conciliatory remorse at the sight of their own fantastic success.”
– Two Thousand Seasons

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