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Mountain Goats Super Tuesday Song

Super Tuesday: Primary Election Inspires Mountain Goats Song


I don't know about you guys, but I am getting myself pretty pumped up to vote in today's exciting primary election here in California. The folks at American Public Media were probably in a similar mood when they got one of my favorite bands, The Mountain Goats, to write a song about Super Tuesday called "Down to the Ark." It's a totally great way to keep my civic-minded mood up all day. To take a listen for yourself and help me understand what some of these lyrics have to do with this election read more.

"Down to the Ark"

The candidates met up in North Dakota
And they donned their black robes there in the chapel hall
They said a brief invocation to their cloven-hoofed prince
And they signed their names in blood on the vestry wall

In Christ you know there's neither high nor low
And the void will claim all creatures small or bright
Seal up the borders or let everybody in
In the order of the serpent, there'll be neither left nor right

And we pull down our blindfolds
And we reach out for the lever in the dark
Get a sticker for our shirts as we head into the sun
Proudly bearing the mark
Headed down to the ark

The applicants went down to Oklahoma
And they hired an accent coach to teach them the western twang
And several post-born babies learned the hard way:
Vampires only kiss you if they've sharpened up their fangs

And as Minnesota fell, so went Missouri
We met at VFWs in the snow
And we voted down the tax codes, and we voted down the war
So many names to choose from, just one way to go.

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