Color in Your Cheeks
The Mountain Goats Lyrics

She came in on the red eye to Dallas-Ft. Worth
All the way from sunny Taipei
Skin the color of a walnut shell
And a baseball cap holding down her black hair

And she came here after midnight
The hot weather made her feel right at home
Come on in, we haven't slept for weeks
Drink some of this, it'll put color in your cheeks
He drove in from Mexicali, no worse for wear
Money to burn, time to kill
But five minutes looking in his eyes and we all knew
He was broken pretty bad so we gave him what we had

We cleared a space for him to sleep in
And we let the silence that's our trademark make its presence felt
Come on in, we haven't slept for weeks
Drink some of this, it'll put color in your cheeks

They came in by the dozens, walking or crawling
Some were bright-eyed, some were dead on their feet
And they came from Zimbabwe or from Soviet Georgia
East St. Louis or from Paris or they lived across the street

But they came, and when they finally made it here
It was the least we could do to make our welcome clear
Come on in, we haven't slept for weeks
Drink some of this, it'll put color in your cheeks


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Nina Gogadze

This is the first foreign song I've ever heard, where my country is mentioned:)


Across the street?


@mauropso "Gogadze" sounds like a Georgian surname, so I'm assuming Georgia

James Sunderland

Ninutsa Gogadze Taipei is a city in Taiwan


Ninutsa Gogadze taipei?

Samantha Watson

In a time when empathy and compassion are seen as weak, in a time when so many are being denied the help they so desperately need, this song fills my heart with hope and pride, because it tells exactly the story we need to hear. This is how we should be treating refugees. Not as foreigners to whom we can't relate, but as neighbors from whom we can learn. Unconditional compassion will always be my favorite foreign policy.


@BirthOfSerpents hey birth of serpents, go fuck yourself you racist piece of shit and talk about your swedish boogeymen somewhere else. go back to your sensationalist internet circles and get the fuck out of here you sore nerd

Chris Gaulding

I get the impression the characters in this song arrived legally. I'm all for helping the tired, huddling masses yearning to breathe free, not the law breaking hoardes yearning for something free

Brenan Kean

John is the reason I bought an acoustic guitar


Brenan Kean - hope you're killing this song bro

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