Beautiful Sounds and Lyrics to Match

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Check these first drafts, artfully constructed by The Mountain Goats’ front man, John Darnielle.

He relays to the Atlantic, the challenges and the emotionally fraught state from which his music was created. He describes song-writing as a sort of deception, having to strike a balance between premeditated writing and raw expression.


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