Outer Scorpion Squadron
All Eternals Deck


All Eternals Deck




the Mountain Goats



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Outer Scorpion Squadron is the 10th song on the album All Eternals Deck.


 If you really want to conjure up a ghost
  Cultivate a space 
  for the things that hurt you most

Rake the sands until they surface
Blind their tiny eyes

Stake out your position,
    let your armor fall
Stay put till they find you,
  it won't take long at all

Rake the sands until they surface
Up they come, gone translucent

They're coming up no matter what
Fools rush in and the doors slam shut

Ghosts of my childhood 
stay with me,if you will
Find a place where there's water,
   hold you under til you're still

Rake the sands until they surface
Don't let anybody call them ugly

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "This is the thing -- I never know what to say if I have a song that, like, I mean, I hope you cry when you hear it, but, but I don't want you to cry during the intro or to feel bad or like you're doing something voyeuristic. Not, not that we live in an age where anyone cares whether they're being voyeuristic or not, but one presumes a level of human decency and thinks, 'you don't want to watch a guy standing up there, you know, telling you what a song is about if it's about something ugly and horrible, right.' You want to hear the ugly horrible song, right, because who doesn't want to hear the ugly horrible song." -- 2011-03-28 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
  • "This is a song... by myself... for people like me... who -- oh, this sentence is really starting to take a nice shape -- for people like me, who have a strong indwelling evidently permanent urge to damage themselves or cut themselves off prior to some accomplishment or arrival at a place of comfort and happiness. I didn't succeed in my goal to not bum everyone out, but... In short, this is a song about, uh, about trauma, and surviving it, and it's called 'Outer Scorpion Squadron.'" -- 2011-03-29 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY

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