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 Enoch 18:14
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Album

 The Life of the World to Come

Released

 2009

Artist

the Mountain Goats

Length

 2:53


Enoch 18:14 is a bonus track from the album The Life of the World to ComeIt is bundled with the album when purchased from iTunes.

Bible VerseEdit

And there I beheld seven stars, like great blazing mountains, and like spirits entreating me. Richard Laurence Translation

LyricsEdit

I saw some old friends as I came to the city gate
They asked me where I'd been of late
I hadn't been anywhere but what was I going to say
Two hopeful people looking at me that way
You and your brother
You both escaped the curse
You can't comprehend what it's like

We stood in the sunlight and they asked me where I'd been
Held the gate open, told me to come on in
I saw the damp green grass so nice on the other side
Couldn't explain myself to them but I tried
You and your brother
You both escaped the curse
So you can't comprehend what it's like

Ground was dry but giving, the sky was nearly black
Saw some old friends when I looked back
Remember my old home, haven't forgotten yet
What happens on the day when I forget
You and your brother
You both escaped the curse
So you can't comprehend what it's like

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "This is named after a book that is sorta, it's bonus track from the Bible, it didn't actually make the final cut." - Life of the World to Come DVD
  • "The chorus from this song is taken verbatim from a cut scene in the video game Odin Sphere (Atlus, 2007). In context, it's a rebuke, but underneath the anger I hear a sort of lament, and that's where the song picks up on the thread. Three dead people make up the stark landscape of the lyric; one of them is a wondering exile who's been cursed, and the other two are his friends. It's no fun carrying a curse around like a weighted ankle bracelet, even if it does make your ankle look pretty. What would happen if you could shake the curse for just an hour, and maybe walk barefoot through the grass without that hard metal tearing up the turf beneath you? What if you could be free for that one out? What if you could just forget all about the curse? But of course the question is purely academic. You can't." -- 7/29/2009 - The Life of the World to Come: a film by Rian Johnson, liner notes

Things Referenced in this SongEdit

  • The chorus is dialogue from the Vanillaware game Odin Sphere.

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