the Mountain Goats
New Zion is the fifth song on the album Heretic Pride.
Press Kit notesEdit
How come we never hear about religious cults anymore? The high hollering days of cultmania made my childhood such a thrill: what was the real risk that I'd talk to some robed fellow on the street one day and find myself instantly, involuntarily converted to some bizarre creed? Really, the cults were second only to Santa Claus in their mysterious powers. "New Zion" is only about an imaginary cult but I hope somebody starts it up real soon.
There were signs up in the sky When we gathered by the garden wall Everybody on his best behavior Listening for the altar call High priest of Salem in his robes Ranting out the coming of the day Ravens at the gates Frightening all the visitors away I lay down by the water Dreamed a dream of where I come from Old things made new Waiting for you There were wooden wind-chimes rustling In the trees above the anthills on the dunes On the high winds we could hear them Old familiar tunes The little bit of faith we had once Like the memory of a movie They got burned up in the great fire Reassembling itself slowly but surely I lay down by the water Dreamed a dream of where I come from Old things made new Waiting for you
Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit
- "They are the chosen. This song is for them. it's about a religious cult going to meet their [inaudible]" -- 2008-10-13 - Park West - Chicago, IL
Things Referenced in this SongEdit
Salem, Massachusetts. Famous for the witch trials hysteria in 1621.
Live Shows this Song Was Played atEdit
- 2008-02-23 - Neumo's - Seattle, WA
- 2008-02-25 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
- 2008-03-14 - Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, MA
- 2008-10-13 - Park West - Chicago, IL
- 2008-10-17 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
- 2008-10-18 - In the Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
- 2008-10-20 - The Showbox - Seattle, WA
- 2008-10-25 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA
- 2008-10-26 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA
- 2008-10-29 - Club Congress - Tucson, AZ
- 2008-10-31 - The Foundation - Lubbock, TX
- 2008-11-01 - Antones - Austin, TX
- 2008-11-03 - Republic - New Orleans, LA
- 2008-11-05 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
- 2008-11-06 - 9:30 Club - Washington, D.C.
- 2008-11-07 - Theater of the Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
- 2008-11-09 - Webster Hall - New York, NY
- 2008-12-05 - Manning Bar - Sydney, Australia
- 2008-12-10 - Billboard - Melbourne, Australia
- 2009-03-19 - Duke Coffeehouse - Durham, NC
- 2011-03-26 - Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center - York, PA
- 2017-04-01 - Bond Brothers Beer Company - Cary, NC
- 2017-04-06 - Badlands - Perth, Australia
- 2017-04-09 - The Factory Theatre - Sydney, Australia
- 2017-04-11 - The Toff in Town - Melbourne, Australia
Videos of this SongEdit
Track list: "Sax Rohmer #1" • "San Bernardino" • "Heretic Pride" • "Autoclave" • "New Zion" • "So Desperate" • "In the Craters on the Moon" • "Lovecraft in Brooklyn" • "Tianchi Lake" • "How to Embrace a Swamp Creature" • "Marduk T-Shirt Men's Room Incident" • "Sept. 15 1983" • "Michael Myers Resplendent"