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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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NocturnalNick

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
Ahh, 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 17 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



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All comments from YouTube:

Antonio Villa

I was told by my Primary Care Physician that I'd be lucky to make it to 21 due to my organ failure. 50/50 chance of making it. My 21st birthday is on July 19th. A little over a month away. This song is one of the blessings that helps me push through every day. God bless everybody watching this. I can and WILL survive, so will you. Much love.

Edit: As of December 15, 2020 at 10:23 PM Pacific Time, I’m still kicking. 22 years old. Here’s to making it through 22 more.

Honey Bee

Happy (late) 23rd! I hope everything's still going well!

Brillemeister

Nice dude!

Sathish Balasundaram

Hey Dude.... Happy 23

ricardo correa

One love my friend

dmlevitt

much love to you Antonio.

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Rory Fremont

I listen to this on New Year’s Eve every year. It’s never meant more than it does this time. Good riddance 2020.

Rouge Shark

good luck!fascism is the next war..leave me to fight it and we loose

Joel Middaugh

@A Real Human dude I dont know if its intentional but your reply is absolutely hilarious. Emotionally unstable much?

Joel Middaugh

Feel ya man

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