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Nikki Oh Nikki is an unreleased song by the Mountain Goats that John Darnielle wrote for John Vanderslice. Vanderslice recorded a version of it for his album Life and Death of an American Fourtracker.


You know that guy
Who swept your girlfriend off her feet and out of your arms
In the summer between the sixth and the seventh grade
You know how his name sits in your brain like a tumor
And how his bright eyes shine in your memory
Even now

Let it bug you if you really want to but
Friend, let me assure you he's gonna die
You can take it to the bank that he's gonna die some day
He's gonna die
Maybe a few years before you do
Maybe a few years later
What does it matter in the long run

You know that girl who you told your secrets to back in high school
The one who faithfully broadcast all of them 
Throughout the generous pool of your mutual acquaintances 
And made it sound like you were psycho
And in need of professional help
Yes yes, yes you do remember

Well you can carry that grudge or you can let it go
But as sure as I'm singing this song you know
She's gonna die
She's gonna die, yeah she will
Five'll get you ten, she'll meet the same undignified end
That I will, and you will
And everyone we know

It may happen twenty years down the line
Or it may happen an hour from now
What does it matter
What does it matter in the long run

Everyone who's done you wrong
Everyone who's done you favors
Everyone you like, everyone you can't stand the sight of
What does it matter
What does it matter in the long run

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