Mountain Goats, The - This Year Lyrics

I broke free on a Saturday morning
I put the pedal to the floor
Headed north on Mills Avenue
And listened to the engine roar

My broken house behind me and good things ahead
A girl named Cathy wants a little of my time
Six cylinders underneath the hood crashing and kicking
Ahh, listen to the engine whine

I am going to make it through this year
If it kills me
I am going to make it through this year
If it kills me

I played video games in a drunken haze
I was 17 years young
Hurt my knuckles punching the machines
The taste of scotch rich on my tongue

And then Cathy showed up and we hung out
Trading swigs from a bottle, all bitter and clean
Locking eyes, holding hands
Twin high maintenance machines

I am going to make it through this year
If it kills me
I am going to make it through this year
If it kills me

I drove home in the California dusk
I could feel the alcohol inside of me hum
Pictured the look on my stepfather's face
Ready for the bad things to come

I down-shifted as I pulled into the driveway
The motor screaming out, stuck in second gear
The scene ends badly, as you might imagine
In a cavalcade of anger and fear
There will be feasting and dancing in Jerusalem next year

I am going to make it through this year
If it kills me
I am going to make it through this year
If it kills me

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Mountain Goats, The This Year Comments
  1. Poppy Yates

    using this song to try and get me through sixth form, lord have mercy

  2. Bayli Chelsea

    Why does 2011 John Darnielle look like Dan Howell in his emo days?

  3. Bernando Halauwet

    thru 2020

  4. Rachel Merrin

    This is my first time hearing this song. Honestly I'm amazed I made it thru 2019. But I know 2020 is going to be amazing. We're all gonna make it.

  5. Meg 11218

    I have stolen my friends phone to write a positive comment on this video because she wouldn’t know what a gd song sounds like if it danced naked wearing nothing but a sock puppet called punchy, she’s a dumb jk

  6. Marianne Chevrier

    This band sounds so Canadian...

  7. ОмАйГадбЛ я что, КрЕйЗи?

    Джон Грин? :)

  8. Maria

    This year love yourself.
    This year accept yourself.
    This year believe in yourself.
    This year be strong, everything will be alright in the end.
    This year distance yourself from toxic people.
    This year take care of yourself.
    This year be yourself.
    This year will be your year.

  9. punknotdead1977

    To musi być ten rok ;-)

  10. DrSteelMD

    We all gonna make it fam. Do it for the ones who couldn't.

  11. edris rodriguez


  12. Andy Moran

    I am going to make it through this decade
    If it kills me.

  13. Nemnyoom

    here we go again!!!!!!

  14. peyton

    i am gonna make it through this decade if it kills me

  15. Lily Long

    Happy new year, let this decade be good to us

  16. Pretty Bad At Everything

    Happy new decade, you guys. I'm glad you're here.

  17. Allison

    Happy New Year y'all. Let's do it

  18. Diane Spacefear

    we back here

  19. Danielle

    Happy new year let's do this!

  20. Jared Herman

    Happy 2020 y’all, cheers to this song always being my, and many others’ new year anthem.

  21. LinkinPark Fanatic


  22. Dale Mark

    Happy 2020, y'all. Let's all make it through this year.

  23. Toria P.

    happy 2020! it’s a whole ass decade now and i hope it’s a good one

  24. Slugger D

    I'm going to make it through 2020 if it kills me

  25. SlimThrull

    Maybe 2020 will be a bit better.

  26. Tycoonmaster460

    Happy New Year!!! Let's make it through this year!

  27. mustardsfire22

    Happy New Year. We'll make it through this one if it kills us.

  28. boasome1 SSS RADIO

    Happy new years 2020
    See y'all next decade

  29. Matthew7758

    Made it through 2019 without offing myself. Here's to another year hopefully.


    I offed myself but at least I survived to tell my abuser to"fuck off" and that they're a horrible person. <3


    And another one! Just to shove it in you're enemy's face, why should they get the last laugh!? And another to prove it wasnt a fluke! Repeat until their either not your enemy anymore! That's the way I'm looking at it anyway.


    Give yourself more credit than that! You made it through a whole DECADE!


    It gets easier each year, friend, believe me. One day you will know that the end comes fast enough, no need to rush.

    Jeu suy in prau gay meur

    Daybreak lol s2 e2 the moments to josh willer cut this arms

  30. Claire Herrington

    happy new year everyone, we are gonna make it through 2020 if it kills us

  31. jules

    happy 2020 :) first song i listened to this year

  32. Zach J. Payne

    The only way to ring in a new decade.

  33. Kate

    Happy new year into the new decade! I hope 2020 is kind to you and all that you love! This is the first song I'm listening to this year and it's a huge motivator! Happy new years 🎉

  34. Josh Hanna

    Happy new year all! Were ganna make it!

  35. allison brown

    Happy 2020. We will make it through this year.

  36. Jessie Fureigh

    Happy new year! We've got this.

  37. michaela

    It’s New Year’s Eve 2020, I’m seventeen (years young) with the taste of uh peach shnappes rich on my tongue. And idk how y’all are doing but I feel like shit but that’s okay I’m gonna make it through this year if it kills me

    Alain Arduain

    Hell yeah do it. There's good things ahead

  38. Juan Juri

    Remember, kids! If nothing else, it's okay to keep going out of spite alone

  39. J Gordon

    New Years Day 2020. We are going to make it through this year. We are.

  40. Carolyn Ford

    Happy new year

  41. sethera

    its that time again baybeeeeee

  42. Emma C

    Happy New year!

  43. Jamie Stradling

    Happy New Year

  44. Liz Murphy

    Happy New Year, everybody! And good luck!

  45. A Thomassen

    Happy new year everyone, and here's to hoping it'll be better than the last

  46. longboi john

    I like to listen to this song when the year ends. Happy new year everybody.

    Willdaberry Blue

    Happy new year brother =)

    Willdaberry Blue

    i was born on the 2 of JAN im a new year baby

  47. Maria G

    Happy New Year's Y'all! 2020 came quick :/

  48. Monica Cash

    You made it through this year and this decade. Here’s to the next one.

  49. Jerry Austin

    It's new years Eve almost 2020 a new decade, this is a great song if I have kids In this new decade, or later, I will make sure they cannot relate to this song like I have, and for the rest of you who do not have kids yet, if you do have kids, should do the same...

    Jerry Austin

    This is not my real name, am on family members phone

  50. After Hours

    They're like the dad version of Ludo

  51. Octavio Bannach

    I listened to this song a lot in not so good parts of my life. ^^

  52. Tim Tapper

    Haha yep, here I am again!

    Tim Tapper

    See you in March!

  53. James Bustard

    Substitute Teacher has a Talent Show for Himself.

  54. The Moronics


  55. The Moronics

    Sup turds

  56. chaosof99

    Anybody here from Desert Bus?


    8 years late but this song is making me hopeful but also extremely sad at the same time and I love it

  58. King Shlogg

    Wow. This really sucks

  59. smokeynewton

    Daybreak brought me here.

  60. 07100826v

    Today I promised myself that I am going to make it, no matter how hard it gets.

  61. Szabrowny Kucyk

    This song helped me to endure the worst 4 years of my life back in 2011.

    Szabrowny Kucyk

    To whoever liked this post I'm Verry very thankful. I wish you have the strength to live just one more year. happy end of 2019 and I promise you we will make it through 2020

  62. Kane's Crimes

    Kinda neat how the Dilaudid song intro's into this song considering the sentiments tend to play out in the same order in real life.

  63. HitGirl05

    Who is here for Daybreak ?

  64. Sean S

    I'm gonna make it through this year, you're going to make it through this year, WE'RE going to make it through this year!

  65. Shiro

    i was listening to this after my girlfriend dumped me i was almost at the point of getting drunk my tears were dripping down my face i had a half burnt cigarette between my lips i also had a revolver next to me i didn’t know what to do i finished the cigarettes cried hard and crashed on my bed listening to this on repeat thinking about the times me and my girl had oh i thought she was the one i wanted to be with for the rest of my life oh well life’s a bitch sometimes, i still have that revolver maybe someday life pushes me to hard and i pull the trigger

    Josh Wygralak

    Get rid of the gun.
    Find someone you can talk to on a regular basis.
    There will feasting and dancing in Jerusalem next year.

  66. No Thanks

    Heard this song while watching Daybreak. Struck a nerve with me as these last two years have been really difficult. I was dx with stage 3 Melanoma, had to have surgery, my bf broke up with me, I had to quit my job and move in with my parents. I met someone new after I got approved for a expensive treatment but the side effects were so rough I got taken off. It's in my lymphatic system so it's just a matter of time before it metastasizes. I broke down, went into a bad depression and started suffering from OCD and anorexia. My new bf broke up with me. Now I'm on my own. Trying to pick up the broken pieces. Trying hard to just make it thru the rest of this year. @jagerfly_jss


    I heard this on Daybreak too. I hope things improve for you.

    Mark Reynolds

    I’ve gone through two years of hell and keep coming back to this song every couple of months to motivate me to keep plodding along. One day at a time, you can do it.

  67. Jack Suratman

    Daybreak anyone?

  68. Owen Zappa

    A mantra for us all.

  69. MedicineGhosts

    Everything you wrote!

  70. nate smith

    Im here because of the show daybreak,is it me or does this show make alot of walking dead references and even use the same band that TWD used with beth and daryl?

  71. James Marcus

    HOLY SHIT im so sorry i missed your music for 9 years Im in love

  72. sagar chaudhari

    To all those who are recovering ❤️ you will make it 😊

  73. tl_ctw

    An adult baby told me to listen to this

    Hazel Jade

    same fam

  74. RandomDealer

    ...the receptions gotten fuzzy.

  75. Wayne B.

    Sometimes I get really depressed, to the point of suicidal... I'll throw this on repeat. And channel all my sadness into rage. And just scream the lyrics until my throat is raw. Because god damnit I'm gonna make it through this year if it kills me. Even if it's out of spite.


    Wayne B. Keep at it Wayne. This old goat from Texas will keep you in my thoughts.

    Not a leaf

    Happy to see you still here.

  76. classicdope

    Gee, thanks John

  77. metal guru61

    The singer sounds super corny and annoying.

  78. Teresa Jose

    First time Ive ever heard this song. September 2019. Love it.

  79. Aaron Snyder

    my mom died suddenly in 2016 and I was already going through a world of other personal shit at the time. This song helped to bring me out of all that darkness

  80. ar Stevens

    I listen to this whenever I feel like I can't stay sober or think I'm not meant to be

  81. Jordan TRusso

    How I legitimately feel at the beginning of every year.

  82. MacPac78

    Minding The Gap brought me here

  83. SixOThree

    I check back in with this song when things aren't so great.

  84. M. H.

    Getting me through a divorce.

  85. Mack Dlite

    I think this is a good song. #TeachTheControversy

  86. David Neufeld

    I always laugh a little sadly when I search mountain goats and the top video is a BBC documentary on real mountain goats

  87. Spencer Jones

    I love this song yet sadly it reminds me i'm depressed

  88. ihatescreennames89

    This (Current) Year.

  89. Arden Crosier

    Thanks for helping me get through my hardest years.

  90. Mark Beyea

    This shit sucks, bad.

    Gabriel C

    I disagree

  91. Mike Burkard

    Not sure why... but when I am depressed, I like to listen to The Mountain Goats... and for some reason, I feel better...

  92. John Redcorn

    This is gay as fuck

  93. bigtexas _gunpla

    I remember when this video had like 10k likes. I am old!!!

  94. Kevin Deeth

    I had never heard this song until Spotify popped it up. I swore it was Laura Jane Grace to start. Sounds very much like what Against Me! was putting out back then. Wild. Now I need to get this discog.

  95. Willow Williams

    studying latin with the Mountain Goats in the background is thematically perfect


    Willow Williams check out song for cleomenes! As well as most of his early tapes, they’re filled with classical references and other cool Latin mentions bc John was intending to be a classics major before he became a nurse!

  96. Antonio Villa

    I was told by my Primary Care Physician that I'd be lucky to make it to 21 due to my organ failure. 50/50 chance of making it. My 21st birthday is on July 19th. A little over a month away. This song is one of the blessings that helps me push through every day. God bless everybody watching this. I can and WILL survive, so will you. Much love.