“I played video games in a drunken haze, I was seventeen years young”

What we have here is possibly the best song written about adolescence ever. Written from the point of view of a 17 year old male, on the cusp of adulthood and freedom, who escapes his troubles by drinking and hitting the road. The song reeks of catharsis, fear and anticipation. And the chorus encapsulates the entire song into one line perfectly. John Darnielle is a songwriting god amongst mere mortals.

The Mountain Goats – This Year

Please, buy The Sunset Tree. And then every other one of his albums. I guarantee your life will improve if you do this.


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