Southwood Plantation Road






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Southwood Plantation Road is the third song on the album Tallahassee. It was performed by Mooner in Tallahassee Turns Ten.


I've got you
You've got whatever's left of me to get
Our conversations are like minefields
No one's found a safe way through one yet
I spend a lot of money
I buy you white gold
We raise up a little roof
Against the cold
On Southwood Plantation Road
Where at night the stars blow like milk across the sky
Where the high wires drop
Where the fat crows fly

All night long you giggle and scream
Your brown eyes deeper than a dream
I am not going to lose you
We are going to stay married
In this house like a Louisiana graveyard
Where nothing stays buried
On Southwood Plantation Road
Where the dead will walk again
Put on their Sunday best
And mingle with unsuspecting Christian men
La la la la la

Comments by John Darnielle About this SongEdit

  • "This is a song about how sometimes people who had positive feelings for one another, who express those positive feelings in a public ceremony attended by their friends and relatives, with food and delicious cake which they enjoyed, sometimes they take Communion if they're Catholic, but they don't have to be Catholic. The present people are, but they didn't have Communion at their wedding because they hadn't been to church for a while. Because they don't have enough vodka in the church. But it's a song about how sometimes people who have done those things come to feel differently about one another. And when they look within themselves to experience and evaluate those feelings, they find that the feelings have become raging maelstroms of incandescent anger and self-loathing. And they look at one another and they say, 'Well, let's have sex then, if there's nothing else.' And agree upon this, and make rather a lot of noise. It is a dance number." -- 2006-09-16 - The Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
  • "This is a song that takes place about a day's drive from here, and it involves a couple of people who should have just listened to what their friends and family said. Had to follow the dictates of their hearts. God bless and keep them. It was terrible that they chose to follow the dictates of their hearts." -- 2011-04-08 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC

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