Jeff Davis County Blues


All Hail West Texas




the Mountain Goats



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Jeff Davis County Blues is the 10th song on the album All Hail West Texas.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

After three nights in jail, I head north from Toyahvale
Switch to 285 in Pecos, head up to Red Bluff
My walk's real steady and my eyes are real cold
But I feel like I'm all of sixteen years old
Lost in the Travelodge, with the television on with the sound down
I don't feel so tough
Old issues of Sunset magazine to read
Sleep for twelve hours, and dream about home

I have no place to go, so I drive up to New Mexico
Fix my eyes in the rearview when I cross the state line
And I panic, I guess. and although it's quite late
I take the first exit to 128
I am coming back to Midland, I hope you won't mind
Polaroids of the two of us scattered on the passenger's seat
I drive slowly
And evenly
And I dream about home

Comments by John Darnielle About this Song[edit | edit source]

  • "...this is one of my top 10 favorite songs that I've written...and it was written in Ames!" -- Mountain Goats Forums
  • "It's a song you may find yourself singing if all hope is gone. And you're like, 'Oh, man, this sucks that all hope is gone. I liked it better when there was hope. Guess it's too late to really be worrying about that now, though, and that's what the whole meaning of the word gone is, isn't it.' And maybe you look it up in a dictionary, but there's just a picture of your motel under that. And you think, 'That's really fucked up.' It's like a movie, and you start looking around for cameras — there's no cameras." — 2011-03-28 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY

Things Referenced in this Song[edit | edit source]

  • A Google Map made by Zachary Eldredge approximates the route described in the song.

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