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Mountain Goat

from Birds of Plenty by Yellowbelly

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Written for Catie Davies, who plays keyboard on the CD and sings the
a-cappella chorus here.


Mountain Goat

I’ve got the rage I’ve got the heart
I’ve got the tools I’ll take the whole damn sky apart
I’ll shake my beard at god on his throne
It must be so very lonely all on his own
Your tears will stain the mountain side but I will not be moved
I find the little places I’ve got cloven hooves

I’m going to stay on the mountainside
I’m going to live me in hope
The sheep will all come down when the snow falls Hard
But not this old mountain goat
but not this old mountain goat

Tell me the stars sing me the rain
the granite will age me but my heart it will remain
The poets will whimper and the bards they will sing
Of the horns of their dilemmas and all your broken things
Leave path for the highway leave the rocks for the few
Leave the heights to be scaled by the love that I bear you

Trace me the peaks Drench me the day
Not brave a step above the treeline nor kiss my grace away
Defy the hours mock city walls
Curse my luck at nightfall when the ghosts come out to call
When the proud heart is over all that’s left is blood and stone
Wear my beggar’s cape and hat and call the world my own


from Birds of Plenty, released February 17, 2020


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Yellowbelly are Lawrence, Stefan, Markus, Boris and Kathi. They play guitars, violins, drums, a double bass, a banjo, a mandolin, a lap steel, an oud and other instruments, but not all at the same time. Yellowbelly play in pubs, churches, barns, internists's surgeries, fields, living rooms, stages and castles. Yellowbelly play songs about forgotten space probes, trains, cicadas and ratcatchers. ... more

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