#31: Twin Human Highway Flares March 24th, 2008
Again with the Mountain Goats covers! I didn’t even know about “Twin Human Highway Flares” until I saw the band play it at a show in Chicago in 2005, two days before I moved. If you listen to the recording of that show and you get to this song and you notice sort of a heavy subsonic thump at about fifteen seconds in, well, that would be my jaw hitting the floor. Or possibly yours.
I think that that probably would’ve happened, hearing this song that night, even if I hadn’t lived the first 22 years of my life in eastern Iowa, even if I didn’t know those particular stretches of road and river cold, even if I didn’t know exactly what that sunset looks like. It sure didn’t hurt, though. Here are the lyrics. It’s on this album, which you should own, but really, you might try listening to that live version first.
Also, tonight’s Shoebox Full of Tapes is in honor of my sister, who turns 26 next weekend. She came to that show with me and (in between being chatted up by the sound guy) helped me scrape up the bits of my brain and get me home at the end of the night. She’s done this a few times, in fact. I love you madly, Maya.