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All Hail West Texas


February 19, 2002




John Darnielle

All Hail West Texas is the Mountain Goats' sixth studio album. It was released in 2002, under the label Emperor Jones. It is the last album on which all songs were recorded on John's boombox, and the only studio album to not originally be released on vinyl. However, it was reissued in 2013 on vinyl with seven songs that did not originally make the final cut.


  1. "The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton"
  2. "Fall of the Star High School Running Back"
  3. "Color in Your Cheeks"
  4. "Jenny"
  5. "Fault Lines"
  6. "Balance"
  7. "Pink and Blue"
  8. "Riches and Wonders"
  9. "The Mess Inside"
  10. "Jeff Davis County Blues"
  11. "Distant Stations"
  12. "Blues in Dallas"
  13. "Source Decay"
  14. "Absolute Lithops Effect"

Comments by John Darnielle About this Album[]

  • "(Joseph Fink:) Speaking of the motorcycle, so, on the cover of the album, you have the line, fourteen songs --

(John Darnielle:) Here it comes.

(JF:)--about seven people, two houses, a motorcycle, and a locked treatment facility for adolescent boys.

(JD:) Yes.

(JF:) Is that the complete cast of the album? Because if you start doing the math of, like, okay if there's fourteen songs and seven people, then there's definitely some repeat songs about the same people.

(JD:) I mean, yes, it's true insofar as the characters of Fault Lines feel like the characters in Tallahassee, right. And that's because these characters are not characters in books, they're characters in songs, so to some extent, they're more types than full people. They don't have names, I don't give them names except for Jenny. You probably think some of them are called John.

(JF:) And William Staniforth Donahue.

(JD:) Sure. There's -- Jeff and Cyrus. Okay, so there's four names [laughs]. But, you know what I mean, for the most part, the narrator never has a name, you assume he's John, but he's not, and I sort of observed this, that when you have a narrator who the same things always seem to be happening to him, then he's the same guy, even if he's not, right. And so it was just sort of a very quick summing up of how it seems like there's about, there's about seven. But I enjoyed, fans want to pin down exactly who they are and where they are, and that's kind of a fun game to play, you know, but I gotta be real with you, I could have easily said nine. But seven sounds better." -- I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats, episode 4