All Hail West Texas




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Jenny is the fourth song on the album All Hail West Texas.


you roared into the driveway of our southwestern ranch-style house
on a new Kawasaki, all yellow and black
fresh out of the showroom.
our house faced west,
so the big orange sun positioned at your back,
lit up your magnificent silhouette.
how much better?
how much better can my life get?
900 cubic centimeters of raw whining power.
no outstanding warrants for my arrest.
whoa-whoa. whoa whoa.
the pirate's life for me.

I hopped on back of the bike, wrapped my arms around you.
and I sank my face into your hair.
and then I inhaled as deeply as I possibly could.
you were as sweet and delicious as the warm desert air.
and you pointed your headlamp toward the horizon,
we were the one thing in the galaxy god didn't have his eyes on.
900 cc's of raw whining power,
no outstanding warrants for my arrest.
hi diddle dee dee.
god damn!
the pirate's life for me!

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "It's about love, after a manner of speaking." -- 2004-10-11 - The Black Cat - Washington, D.C.
  • "You know, people are always saying to each other, they say, 'You're the only thing that's important in my life.' Saying this to each other all the time. But then sometimes you may meet a couple of people and when you see them, you know that when they say that to each other, that's exactly what you mean. You should guard your wallets around these sorts of people. They don't really care about the things that are out of their immediate sphere, and their immediate sphere is definable by the distance between one another's eyes. This song is sung from the perspective of one such person in such a duality. It takes place in Texas." -- 2006-10-01 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
  • "For me, this Jenny is like, it is and isn't the same person. Usually the three songs I think that she's mentioned in, she is a function of memory, right, she's there for a person to be remembering something. And I think everybody has people like that in their lives who when you say their name, your memory floods with a whole bunch of feelings that you may have worked really hard to move past or that you miss and would like to recall or any number of other things. And that's who Jenny is for the narrators who recall her, as somebody who is gone and whose absence continues to assert itself... She is defined by an absence, she has yet to speak. She's in the song Jenny; the other two songs she's in, she's already gone. She calls on the phone in Night Light and, uh, she calls on the phone in Straight Six. ...She's not there when things are going well, and she's not remembered when things are going well. Often when you're remembering your past, you remember the parts that you were desperate about, right. You seldom- you might reflect on good times in one way, but often, you say, oh, yeah, no, when I was hanging out with so-and-so, you don't want to blame them, but you think, that is a difficult time, right. Jenny is an emblem of more difficult times for people, of wilder times. But also times that they're pretty clearly romanticizing, right, that they're also remembering as the time when they were on a motorcycle with no responsibilities, livin' the pirate's life, right." -- I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats episode 4

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