Tearjerker / The Mountain Goats

  • "Song for My Stepfather:"
    He feels no pain at all
    You erase me
    You erase me
  • "Baboon:"
    I'd be grateful my children aren't here to see this
    Had you ever seen fit to give me children.
  • "No Children," easily one of the most shamelessly negative songs ever written.
    I am drowning
    There is no sight of land
    You are going down with me
    Hand in unlovable hand
    • And its chorus:
    I hope you die
    I hope we both die
    • The fact that the song was used in an episode of Moral Orel should speak wonders alone.
  • For anyone who has ever had a dream that didn't fit their community, "The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton" can be pretty poignant, especially the following lines:
    This was how Cyrus got sent to the school
    Where they told him he'd never be famous
  • Pretty much the entirety of The Sunset Tree, an album detailing John's relationship with his stepfather.
    • One of the most painful songs would have to be "Hast Thou Considered the Tetrapod?"
    I'm awake and I'm guarding my face
    Hoping you don't break my stereo
    Because it's the one thing that I couldn't live without
  • "The Mess Inside" in its entirety will hit anyone close to home who's gone through a mutual fading of affection at the end of a relationship.
    Found that bench we sat together on a thousand years ago
    When I felt such love for you I thought my heart was gonna pop.
    I wanted you to love me like you used to do.
  • "Harlem Roulette" is about the last days of Frankie Lymon's life - he was a child star who had success in a band but failed as a solo artist, got drafted, and by the time he got back, his voice had changed. Addicted to heroin since age 15 but clean since the army, he recorded a couple more songs, and finally was about to become succesful. Said songs gave him enough money to celebrate with heroine, which he overdosed on. This line is particularly heartbreaking:
    Armies masking in the dusky distance
    Ghosted ribbon in the microphone
    Leave a little mark on something, maybe
    Take the secret circuit home
  • "Omega Blaster", about the wife of the Alpha Couple leaving the husband.
  • "Cotton":
    This song is for the soil
    That's toxic clear down to the bedrock
    Where no thing of consequence can grow
    Drop your seeds there, let them go
    Let them all go...
  • "Weekend in Western Illinois" is just so passionate. Yeah, we love these dogs...
  • Deuteronomy 2:10 is a heartbreaking look at the effect humans have on other species.
    I pace in circles
    So the camera will see
    Look hard at my stripes
    There'll be no more after me
  • "Heel Turn 2" is about the narrator doing exactly what the title suggests, with various justifications— but the song eventually morphs into a Lonely Piano Piece, suggesting a Downer Ending for the wrestler.
    Let all the trash rain down
    From way up in the rafters
    Iím walking out of here in one piece
    Donít care what comes after
    Drive the wedge
    Torch the bridge
    I donít want to die in here
    I donít want to die in here
  • Bluejays and Cardinals is about John's friend, the late Rozz Williams. Or, to be exact, an emotional song about positive things that happened while Rozz was still alive and how Rozz dying destroyed all that happiness.
    You used to bring something new to each and every day
    Or you used to anyway
    But this world couldn't hold you
    You slipped free
    Yeah this world couldn't hold you
    You slipped free
    Without me