Woke Up New


 Get Lonely




the Mountain Goats



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Woke Up New is the ninth song on the album Get Lonely. A music video, directed by Rian Johnson, was made for the song and is viewable on Johnson's Vimeo.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

On the morning when I woke up without you for the first time
I felt free and I felt lonely and I felt scared
And I began to talk to myself almost immediately
Not being used to being the only person there

The first time I made coffee for just myself, I made too much of it
But I drank it all just cause you hate it when I let things go to waste
And I wandered through the house like a little boy lost in the mall
And an astronaut could've seen the hunger in my eyes from space

And I sang
Oh, what do I do? What do I do? What do I do?
What do I do without you?

On the morning when I woke up without you for the first time
I was cold so I put on a sweater and I turned up the heat
And the walls began to close in and I felt so sad and frightened
I practically ran from the living room out into the street

And the wind began to blow and the trees began to pant
And the world in its cold way started coming alive
And I stood there like a businessman waiting for the train
And I got ready for the future to arrive

And I sang
Oh, what do I do? What do I do? What do I do?
What do I do without you?

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

  • "A lot of the songs I write are about situations that you're not likely to literally find yourself in. One hopes you can find a figurative use for them, you know, but the whole skeleton costume story, for example, if that happens to you, then you have better things to do with your money than buy records and listen to music. Therapy, jail... But this song is about something that -- I don't even know what I mean by this -- something that I hope everybody has had the pleasure of experiencing. That moment of profound desperation when you think, uh, the precious relationship I had that made me feel whole, uh, is gone, and I won't ever get it back, and this is a song for that moment." -- 2009-03-20 - Attucks Theatre - Norfolk, VA
  • "I write a fair number of [breakup songs], there's no question about that. But this is sort of like, uh, you know, well, it's sort of like the term 'flesh wound', right. You can say it's only a flesh wound in order to express to somebody that they won't in fact die, right. But a flesh wound can cause you to lose one or all limbs and that's still technically a flesh wound. And then there you are with no arms and no legs saying, you know, people think this is just a flesh wound, fuck these people, I have to be carried from room to room and I don't like it. It's terrible. I remember when I had arms and legs and it was awesome, and now I don't have them, it's bad, I do the best I can without them, and I try to be hopeful every day, but at the same time, whither my arms and legs? It's the same with me and breakup songs, people say, oh, yes, it's a breakup song. Yes, it's a song about a person for whom everything has just now collapsed. Just now. And, and to me that remains a compelling subject always." -- 2009-03-29 - Kenyon College - Gambier, OH

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