Riches and Wonders


All Hail West Texas




the Mountain Goats



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Riches and Wonders is the eighth song on the album All Hail West Texas.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

we live high, our love gorges on the alcohol we feed it.
and it grows all fat and friendly
we have surplus if we need it.
we hold on as hard as we can.
our knuckles are white.
we write letters to each other, invent secrets to confess to.
I learn foreign and exotic terms of endearment by which to address you.
we feed fresh fruit to one another.
we stay up all night.
I am healthy, I am whole, but I have poor impulse control.
and I want to go home.
but I am home.

we are strong, we are faithful,
we are guardians of a rare thing.
we pay close careful attention to the news the morning air brings.
we show great loyalty to the hard times we've been through.
we are filled with riches and wonders,
our love keeps the things it finds.
and we dance like drunken sailors, lost at sea out of our minds.
you find shelter somewhere in me,
I find great comfort in you.
and I keep you safe from harm.
you hold me in your arms, and I want to go home.
but I am home 

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

  • "The point of this song is that, uh, you know, that the narrator really loves the person he's talking to but at the same time he never feels that he will be entirely comfortable with anyone and it's very terrible." -- 2002-10-23 - Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA

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