Moon Over Goldsboro


 Get Lonely




the Mountain Goats



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Moon Over Goldsboro is the sixth song on the album Get Lonely.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

I went down to the gas station
For no particular reason
Heard the screams from the high school
It's football season

Empty lot the station faces
Will probably be there forever
I climbed over the four foot fence
I was trying to sever the tether

Moon in the sky
Cold as a stone
Spend each night in your arms
Always wake up alone

I lay down in the weeds
It was a real cold night
I was happy 'til the overnight attendant
Switched on the floodlight

Walking home I was talking to you under my breath
Saying things I would never say directly
I heard a siren on the highway up ahead
Kinda wished they'd come and get me

Frost on the sidewalk
White as a bone
Tried to get close to you again
Always wake up alone

And as I was crossing our doorstep
I hesitated just a moment there
Remembered the day we moved in to our small house
'Til the vision got too vivid to bear

You were almost asleep
Halfway undressed
I lay right down next to you
held your head against my chest

And a guy with any kind of courage
would maybe stop to think the matter through
Maybe hold you still and raise the question
Instead of blindly holding onto you

But we crank up the heat
And you giggle and moan
Spend all night in the company of ghosts
Always wake up alone

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

  • "Confessing about this song: Its title references a city 45 minutes from where I live in Durham, North Carolina—that's not really the city it takes place in. I just like the way that sounded in the title. Who would listen to a song called 'Moon Over Colo'—which is a small town in Iowa where I used to live. There were 775 people there when my wife and I were there. Now there's 773." --2006-09-29 - Club Europa - Brooklyn, NY
  • "This is a long, slow song about a long, slow marriage." -- 2008-10-13 - Park West - Chicago, IL
  • "To me, this song is even more depressing [than 'Autoclave']. It's not as violent, but the people in it feel like they had a better chance at one point. It's gone now - because I took it away from them. It was on Get Lonely; it's probably my favorite song on the record." -- 2017-11-12 - Brooklyn Steel - Brooklyn, NY

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