John Darnielle’s final encore song from his west coast solo tour June 25 2012, at the Mission Theatre in Portland, Ore. His guitar string broke the song before and after some capitulation decided to give this song a try on piano.
The lights are on in your room so tell me who’s your friend? And the lights are burning in the little house on East End. And I remembered who I was and what I came here for. The moon was caught high in the branches of the sycamore.
And on my neck I felt the cold wind. And it licked around my ears and it asked me to ask you, yeah, who’s your friend? And the lights came down over Pomona, blazed again before your front door. The moon was caught high in the branches of the sycamore.
most of the brine has got to boil away most of the air has got to choke you most of june i spent in jail again i don’t mean jail exactly up in the pine tree a red squirrel looked down at me i am losing control of the language again i am losing control of the language again
most of the things i used to hold on to most of the things i used to say to you most of the ways i knew around the local roads are disappearing daily high in the cottonwood you were looking down at me and you sure looked good your hair hanging down in the leaves your neck tilted back to make a rainbow i was losing control of the language again i am losing control of the language again