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Answering the Phone
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Album

All Hail West Texas (Remastered)

Released

July 23, 2013

Artist

the Mountain Goats

Length

2:28

Previous Track

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Answering the Phone is a song by The Mountain Goats written for their 2002 album All Hail West Texas, but it failed to make the cut. It was released as a bonus track on the 2013 remastered re-release of the album.

Lyrics[]

Maybe I didn't get enough milk when I was a baby
Maybe I never learned the value of a penny
Maybe I listened to that first Black Sabbath album, the one with the witch on the front
One time too many
But I think something's wrong with me
I think something's wrong with me
I think something's glued down wrong with me permanently

Maybe it's the things I never learned how to do
Maybe it's the things I learned to do real well
Maybe it's the Irish whiskey that I like to drink
Maybe it's the California Zinfandel
But I think something's wrong with me 
I think something's glued down wrong, maybe permanently 

I'm gonna tell you once; you oughta listen
If you came here for comfort, you came to the wrong place
I've got a strong stomach and a murmur in my heart
I got a tremor in my hand, muscle twitches in my face 
And I think something's wrong with me
I think something's maybe snapped on wrong, maybe permanently
Yep

Comments by John Darnielle About this Song[]

• "Sounds like it's in drop-D, though I'm not sure. I didn't own a tuner at this point in my life so I'm tuned to a Casio keyboard, I think. Concludes with arguably the best yelp of my entire boombox era. Why it's called "Answering the Phone": I can't say for sure, but my guess would be that the first several takes got interrupted by somebody calling the house and I didn't have a better title in mind." - All Hail West Texas (2013 Reissue) liner notes

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