The Mountain Goats - Tribe of the Horned Heart - 03.24.12

You knew that they were out there by the signs they left behind

On old abandoned buildings, just some X’s and some lines

Half circles in the concrete, crescents in the snow

You could find the little beacons almost everywhere you’d go

Only people who were sick enough

Knew how to read them right

I got sick when I was seventeen

And I’d hunt down signs all night

You’d listen for the voices in the generator’s hum

Hang out behind the power plant and wait for them to come

Hints about their mission in the rustling of the surf

But no secrets can be kept from you if your faith is strong enough

Only people who’ve been sick too long

Can hold on to the hope

That some friendly ghost is listening to the prayers they learned to say

At the slack end of the rope

I don’t generally reblog my own stuff ‘n’ stuff but I consider this one of my better lyrics and I don’t think it’s widely known because I only played it like twice, so I’m doin the thing I don’t generally do

Mountain Goat, novelist, and friend of the show John Darnielle.