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Tape Travel Is Lonely
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Album

All Hail West Texas (Remastered)

Released

July 23, 2013

Artist

the Mountain Goats

Length

2:35

Previous Track

"Jenny" (Alt. take)

Next Track

"Waco"

Tape Travel Is Lonely is a song by The Mountain Goats written for their 2002 album All Hail West Texas, but it failed to make the cut. It was released as a bonus track on the 2013 remastered re-release of the album.

Lyrics[]

Peppers on the plants
Plum tomatoes ripening on the vine
Mid-summer evenings on the back porch
Barbecued sweet corn, sweet white wine

When the west wind comes through, it'll rip right through you
When the west wind comes through, it'll rip right through you

Bottle after bottle of the cheap stuff
Feeling two degrees north of alright
Heaven help us, heaven help us
Or we're all gonna die tonight

When the west wind comes through, it'll rip right through you
When the west wind comes through, it'll rip right through you 

Party goes on 'til the end of August
The tensions build, the air currents throb
Mosquitoes suck the blood out of my body
Why don't they finish the job

When the west wind comes through, it'll rip right through you
When the west wind comes through, it'll rip right through you

Comments by John Darnielle About this Song[]

  • "This one didn't have a title on the original cassette — it was the last song on a side and when I was mining the tape for anything that might be used here, it just popped up after the last one listed. Why it didn't make the album: tape ran out while I was recording it. It was always disheartening when this happened, so often I'd be too annoyed to resume recording afterwards. 'But John,' you might say, 'that's completely stupid.' You are right. My bad." -- All Hail West Texas (2013 Reissue) liner notes

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