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The Diaz Brothers is the eighth song on the album Transcendental Youth. It also appears as the ninth song on the 2020 live album The Jordan Lake Sessions: Volumes 1 and 2.


Cops and robbers, strictly bargain line
Spend the wet night tracking visions through the pines
Draw my arms into my hospital gown
See the sky open up and rain down
Rain down

Mercy for the Diaz brothers
Mercy for the Diaz brothers

Hear my rivals on the western wind
Hard to know who might or might not be your friend
Work by the plutonian light
Forbidden rosary prayers all night
All night

Mercy for the Diaz brothers
Mercy for the Diaz brothers

Beam of a flashlight
All night in the woods
Hunt us like dogs
And then string us up for good

Keep one step ahead of enemies
Foretell worse things than such frightful nights as these
Lead us to the beach by our hands
And bury us there in the sand

Mercy for the Diaz brothers
Mercy for the Diaz brothers
Mercy for the Diaz brothers
Mercy for the Diaz brothers

Comments by John Darnielle About this Song[]

  • "Frank tells Tony he has to respect the Diaz brothers, and Tony tells him to eff the Diaz Brothers, and by the time we do see them, they're dead. I'm obsessed with people we never got to know but who we know about, because you have a sense of who they were and what became of them since they died, but they're essentially blocking characters in this story we all know. And we're all basically blocking characters in life, when you think about it." -- Mountain Goats' John Darnielle Discusses the 'Satan Record' (Rolling Stone)
  • "This song is about how it is extraordinarly important that we have mercy on the Diaz Brothers. It's called 'The Diaz Brothers.'" -- 2012-01-31 - Visulite Theatre - Charlotte, NC
  • "This song was written while watching the film Scarface with a 3-month-old baby in my arm. I would do it again. It was written because when these particular characters were mentioned, the baby smiled. And I thought, well, I should do something with that, so I wrote a song about paranoid visions in a hospital. I encourage all new parents to do the same." -- 2012-12-14 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA

Things Referenced in this Song[]

  • The titular Diaz Brothers were minor characters in the 1983 movie Scarface.

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