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    Posted on Dec 28, 2012

    11 Songs That Prove John Darnielle Needs To Be The Next U.S. Poet Laureate

    A whitehouse.gov petition to name the Mountain Goats front man and lyricist as poet laureate is in desperate need of votes. Here are 11 songs that will convince you of his lyrical greatness.

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    1. "The Fall Of The High School Running Back"

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    Standout lyrics (the whole song):

    Sophomore year
    You rushed for an average
    Of 8 1/3 yards per carry
    All eyes were on you

    Junior year
    You blew your knee out
    At an out-of-town game
    Nowhere to go but
    Down, down, down
    Nothing but the ground
    for you to fall to

    By July
    You’d made a whole bunch of new friends
    People you used to look down on
    And you’d figured out
    A way to make real money
    Giving Ns to your friends
    And it felt stupendous:
    Chrome spokes on your Japanese bike
    But selling acid was a bad idea
    And selling it to a cop was a worse one
    And new laws said that
    17-year-olds could do federal time
    You were the first one,
    so I sing this song for you
    William Standaforth Donahue
    Your grandfather rode the boat
    Over from Ireland, but
    You made a bad decision or two.

    2. "Amy AKA Spent Gladiator 1"

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    Standout Lyrics:

    Do every stupid thing that makes you feel alive
    Do every stupid thing to drive to drive the dark away
    Let people call you crazy for the choices that you make
    Find limits past the limits
    Jump in front of trains all day

    And stay alive
    Just stay alive

    3. "Going To Georgia"

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    Standout Lyrics:

    The most remarkable thing about coming home to you is the feeling of being in motion again: its the most extraordinary thing in the world.

    4. "The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out Of Denton"

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    Standout Lyrics (the whole song):

    The Best Ever Death Metal Band out of Denton
    was a couple of guys who'd been friends since grade school
    One's was named Syrus, the other was Jeff,
    and they practiced twice a week in Jeff's bedroom
    The Best Ever Death Metal Band out of Denton
    never settled on a name
    But the top three contenders after weeks of debate
    were Satan's Fingers, and The Killers, and the Hospital Bombs

    Jeff and Syrus believed in their hearts
    they were headed for stage lights and lear jets and fortune and fame
    So in script, they made prominent use of a pentagram,
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    they stencilled their drumheads and guitars with their names
    And this was how Syrus got sent to the school
    where they told him he'd never be famous
    And this was why Jeff, in the letters he'd write to his friend,
    helped develop a plan to get even
    When you punish a person for dreaming his dream,
    don't expect him to thank you or forgive you
    The Best Ever Death Metal Band out of Denton
    will in time both outpace and outlive you

    Hail Satan, Hail Satan tonight
    Hail Satan, Hail Hail

    5.

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    Standout Lyrics:

    I broke free on a Saturday morning
    I put the pedal to the floor
    headed north on mills avenue
    and listened to the engine roar

    My broken house behind me
    And good things ahead
    A girl named Cathy
    Wants a little of my time
    Six cylinders underneath the hood
    Crashing and kicking
    Aha!
    Listen to the engine whine

    I am going to make it through this year
    If it kills me
    I am going to make it though this year
    If it kills me

    6. "Woke Up New"

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    Standout Lyrics:

    The first time I made coffee for just myself,
    I made too much of it.
    But I drank it all,
    Just 'cause you hate it when I let things go to waste.
    And I wandered through the house, like a little boy lost at the mall.
    And an astronaut could've seen the hunger in my eyes from space.

    And I sang oh
    What do I do?
    What do I do?
    What do I do?
    What do I do without you?

    7. Aesop Rock - "Coffee (ft. John Darnielle)"

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    Standout Lyrics:

    Darnielle's guest verse at the end of the song

    I crawled down to the basement
    When the weather got cold,
    Like a lost lamb returning to the fold,
    And when the outside world recedes from view,
    It's just a year's supply of make-up
    And memories of you,
    1967 colt 45, holding back the vampires,
    Keeping me alive,
    There's an envelope with some cash in it
    Out by the front door,
    This is what they make you take the medication for.

    8. "Color In Your Cheeks"

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    Standout Lyrics:

    He drove from in from Mexicali, no worse for wear.
    Money to burn, time to kill.
    But five minutes looking in his eyes and we all knew he
    Was broken pretty bad, so we gave him what we had.
    We cleared a space for him to sleep in,
    and we let the silence that's our trademark
    Make its presence felt.
    Come on in, we haven't slept for weeks.
    Drink some of this. it'll put color in your cheeks.

    9. "You Or Your Memory"

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    Standout Lyrics:

    I ducked behind the drapes when I saw the moon begin to rise,
    Gathered in my loose ends switched off the light.
    And down there in the dark I can see the real truth about me.
    As clear as day, lord if I make it through tonight
    Then I will mend my ways and walk the straight path to the end of my days.

    St. Joseph's baby aspirin,
    Bartles and Jaymes,
    And you or your memory.

    10.

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    Floor two foot high with newspapers,
    White carpet thick with pet hair,
    Half eaten gallons of ice cream in the freezer,
    Fresh fuel for the sodium flares,
    I write down good reasons to freeze to death
    In my spiral ring notebook,
    But in the long tresses of your hair
    I am a babbling brook.

    11.

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    Standout lyrics (the whole song):

    I hope that our few remaining friends
    Give up on trying to save us
    I hope we come out with a fail-safe plot
    To piss off the dumb few that forgave us

    I hope the fences we mended
    Fall down beneath their own weight
    And I hope we hang on past the last exit
    I hope it's already too late

    And I hope the junkyard a few blocks from here
    Someday burns down
    And I hope the rising black smoke carries me far away
    And I never come back to this town again in my life

    I hope I lie
    And tell everyone you were a good wife
    And I hope you die
    I hope we both die

    I hope I cut myself shaving tomorrow
    I hope it bleeds all day long
    Our friends say it's darkest before the sun rises
    We're pretty sure they're all wrong

    I hope it stays dark forever
    I hope the worst isn't over
    And I hope you blink before I do
    And I hope I never get sober

    And I hope when you think of me years down the line
    You can't find one good thing to say
    And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
    You'd stay the hell out of my way

    I am drowning
    There is no sign of land
    You are coming down with me
    Hand in unlovable hand

    And I hope you die
    I hope we both die