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The Recognition Scene
The Mountain Goats Lyrics


We broke the doorknob off the door
The door swung open easily
We sauntered into the poorly-lit store
And looked around lazily

We stole every bit of candy they had inside
Gobbled it all up greedily on our three month ride
I'm gonna miss you when you're gone
I'm gonna miss you when you're gone

You headed out to the getaway car
And hit the open road
I saw something written in tall, clear letters on your face
But I could not break the code

We had hot caramel sticking to our teeth
And the only love I've ever known burning underneath
I'm gonna miss you when you're gone
I'm gonna miss you when you're gone

I'm gonna miss you when you're gone
I'm gonna miss you when you're gone

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arctictis

we broke the doorknob off of the door.
the door swung open easily.
we sauntered into the poorly lit store,
and looked around lazily.
we stole every bit of candy they had inside.
gobbled it all up greedily on our 3 month ride.
I'm gonna miss you when you're gone.
I'm gonna miss you when you're gone.

you headed out to the getaway car
and hit the open road
I saw something written in tall clear letters on your face
but I could not break the code.
we had hot caramel sticking to our teeth
and the only love I've ever known burning underneath
I'm gonna miss you when you're gone.
I'm gonna miss you when you're gone.

I'm gonna miss you when you're gone.
I'm gonna miss you when you're gone.



All comments from YouTube:

vidiia

"This is a song about how there's a moment in every relationship where you look at the person you love and you think inside yourself: "Well, I don't actually love you anymore. What am I gonna do now? I don't want to say that, y'know, I mean what would happen if I said that?" Well, nothing would happen - right, I mean, you would just have a conversation, but you think inside yourself something disastrous will happen, so you don't say nothin'. Then it's next week, and you still feel the same way - now what are you going to do? Now you've spent a week living a terrible lie. So, well, you've already got a week invested, you might as well give it another year. That's what this song is about, it's called The Recognition Scene." -- 2003-06-27 - Mains D'oeuvres, Mofo Festival - Paris, France

D Cedrick

and this is one of the many reasons as to why I adore the fucking shit out John Darnielle -- actively encourages the audience to bootleg his live shows cuz dude, so much lore is disclosed in such intimate settings.

Banana Fish Bliss

Arguably the best song ever about candy store burglaries

Christopher Duggan

this is one of my favorite songs ever made.

disbenefits

hot damn <333

Christopher Duggan

why is this so powerful

yatu yoga

I don't know any better either, in that genre.

Bradley L

the difference is that i miss you already

Joseph Gregor

Clutnuckle thats the idea bubba

arctictis

we broke the doorknob off of the door.
the door swung open easily.
we sauntered into the poorly lit store,
and looked around lazily.
we stole every bit of candy they had inside.
gobbled it all up greedily on our 3 month ride.
I'm gonna miss you when you're gone.
I'm gonna miss you when you're gone.

you headed out to the getaway car
and hit the open road
I saw something written in tall clear letters on your face
but I could not break the code.
we had hot caramel sticking to our teeth
and the only love I've ever known burning underneath
I'm gonna miss you when you're gone.
I'm gonna miss you when you're gone.

I'm gonna miss you when you're gone.
I'm gonna miss you when you're gone.

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