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This Year
The Mountain Goats Lyrics


I broke free on a Saturday morning
I put the pedal to the floor
Headed north on Mills Avenue
And listened to the engine roar

My broken house behind me and good things ahead
A girl named Cathy wants a little of my time
Six cylinders underneath the hood crashing and kicking
Ah, listen to the engine whine

I am going to make it through this year
If it kills me
I am going to make it through this year
If it kills me

I played video games in a drunken haze
I was seventeen years young
Hurt my knuckles punching the machines
The taste of scotch rich on my tongue

And then Cathy showed up and we hung out
Trading swigs from a bottle, all bitter and clean
Locking eyes, holding hands
Twin high maintenance machines

I am going to make it through this year
If it kills me
I am going to make it through this year
If it kills me

I drove home in the California dusk
I could feel the alcohol inside of me hum
Pictured the look on my stepfather's face
Ready for the bad things to come

I down-shifted as I pulled into the driveway
The motor screaming out, stuck in second gear
The scene ends badly, as you might imagine
In a cavalcade of anger and fear
There will be feasting and dancing in Jerusalem next year

I am going to make it through this year
If it kills me
I am going to make it through this year
If it kills me

Lyrics © SCHUBERT MUSIC PUBLISHING INC.
Written by: John Darnielle

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

megasupersharkattack

Happy New year!

This year has been an incredibly difficult one for all of us. I’m so happy that you’ve all found this song and that it’s helped you make it through the past 12 months. I’m proud of every single one of you for making it through.

This year I met an incredible person that I love wholeheartedly, lost my job, played way too much Animal Crossing, got my job back, and moved half way across the state with a promotion. I am extremely lucky.

I was 17 and depressed when I uploaded this video. I just wanted a way to put a song on my blog that wasn’t a music video. I never thought this song would bring so much love into my life. I’m 28 now. This has been an incredibly challenging year but it’s also the first year I can remember really wanting to live and being willing to do what I can to hold on despite everything.

Please take care of yourselves, the people you love, and your communities. Please don’t forget to show yourself kindness, especially when things are hard and feel impossible.

I hope good things are coming your way.
I’ll see you all next year.



All comments from YouTube:

megasupersharkattack

Happy New year!

This year has been an incredibly difficult one for all of us. I’m so happy that you’ve all found this song and that it’s helped you make it through the past 12 months. I’m proud of every single one of you for making it through.

This year I met an incredible person that I love wholeheartedly, lost my job, played way too much Animal Crossing, got my job back, and moved half way across the state with a promotion. I am extremely lucky.

I was 17 and depressed when I uploaded this video. I just wanted a way to put a song on my blog that wasn’t a music video. I never thought this song would bring so much love into my life. I’m 28 now. This has been an incredibly challenging year but it’s also the first year I can remember really wanting to live and being willing to do what I can to hold on despite everything.

Please take care of yourselves, the people you love, and your communities. Please don’t forget to show yourself kindness, especially when things are hard and feel impossible.

I hope good things are coming your way.
I’ll see you all next year.

Anon archist

2021, the year of No Children.

Tik H.

Fuck bro im so happy for you that straight up made me cry reading you go dude

Thom Dilling

Great to hear things are going well with you! It sounds like we are about the same age and have been through a lot of the similar difficulties. I've been listening to this song since you posted it. I'm also happy to say that we share the same optimistic view of the future. Here's to many more good years!

Bishop Bling

Cheers, here's to many more years! 🍻 🎉

Bioluminescent Banana Slug

@Judah Katzenberger Fuck, hope you're holding up! My youngest cousin got it. He's a (good!) Doctor, specializing in ER medicine. I was genuinely scared for him and his family- his wife and toddler looked like they might have had it, but tested negative. He's not a stranger to pain, but his wife was face timing with him and teaching him breathing exercises to get him through the headaches. Fortunately, he's just had his booster vaccine! Along with my oldest cousin and her awesome husband (both Hospital RNs).
Sorry, I turned this into a "me" thing, but I'm genuinely hoping you're ok. Obviously, I miss my cousins, as they're the ones I usually spend holidays with but they're safe and sane. Instead I spent Christmas with a QAnon Covid Denier (my partner's brother, who flew in from Seattle..). That didn't end well... I left voluntarily, and then was asked to stay away till they flew out.
I really hate that there are people like him. I guess it's easier to live in denial... ❤️❤️❤️

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Sarah Z

That line about feasting and dancing really hits different now huh

Leah H

Hi Sarah!

Anon archist

L'Shana Haba'ah B'Yerushalayim, every Pesach, for 38 years...
Longer for those older than me, but still.

Anon archist

You're $600 short, Joe. Where's my $15/hr?

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