Week 4 // Katydid

by Mount Everest

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Notes: Moons ago, before this website, Nick and I once played in a band called Lightning Bug with several wonderful friends. We played shows in the city of Philadelphia, and lived, recorded, and practiced all together all of the time. Perhaps that is why, when Nick and I got together in our native homeland of New England, and began to write music together once again, one of the first tracks we began work on was named after an insect – much like our dearly departed band. The name Katydid preceded the lyrical content of the song. In fact, nearly every song Mount Everest writes begins with a non sequitur working title that almost always evaporates before the song sees the light of day. In this rare instance, the name had much more staying power than usual, and although this song has nothing to do with insects, perhaps it is a thematically entomological homage to our late band which we loved so well.

A little more than a year ago I was afflicted with a vocal injury that had lasted for the better part of a year. It kept me from doing this sort of thing, and often made even simple conversations difficult. In the end, only a surgical procedure could restore my voice. The procedure was a success, but in the midst of my time spent with my injury I become frustrated with life, my bad luck, and my own sense of powerlessness over my situation. In my frustration I withdrew from a great many relationships in my life and became somewhat of an enigma to certain people, some of whom I regret to say I hurt. That is what this song is about. It is about being the enigma. It is about wanting to reach out but not knowing how. It is about trying to go it alone and realizing that not only is that impossible, but it’s reckless.

On a separate note: in the process of writing this song, Nick and I got into a spectacular argument! It made us miss the old days when there were multiple tie-breaking votes to dictate the outcome of our creative disagreements. Perhaps that is why the song still bears its insectoid moniker: to remind us of our past so we’ll remember that we’ve been getting along at this for a pretty long time.

Here’s hoping your Monday doesn’t totally suck.

~Jesse

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lyrics

You are alive
You are alive
And you’re convinced it never ends
You’ll never die
And all your creditors
And your competitors
Will age and fail and slip away
And you’ll survive
And you’re alone
You are alone
All of your life you’ve held the seeds
You could have sown
And you’re not suffering
It isn’t frightening
It isn’t anything

How you’ll reach your heart
You’ll eat your heart out
Eat your heart out
Eat your heart
You’ll reach your heart
You’ll eat your heart out
Reach your heart out
Reach

And you’re not there
You’re never there
And you’re amazed the absentee’s your nom de guerre
And your acquaintances
And your accomplices
All wonder when and where you’ll choose to reappear

And on your own
You’ll never know
The way your heart can break and mend and overflow
You are not suffering
It isn’t frighting
It isn’t anything

How you’ll reach your heart
You’ll eat your heart out
Eat your heart out
Eat your heart
You’ll reach your heart
You’ll eat your heart out
Reach your heart out
Reach

Look again
Look again
You can eat your heart out
You’ve been busy in your secret hide out
You’ve got some new friends
They can be the lookout
Keeping all the secrets in their secret hideout
Look again
Look again
You can see the stars out
1-2-3-4 eat your heart out

How you’ll reach your heart
You’ll eat your heart out
Eat your heart out
Eat your heart
You’ll reach your heart
You’ll eat your heart out
Reach your heart out
Reach

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released December 13, 2010
Nick Mastors
Jesse Mitchell Lindsey

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