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Old Screen Door

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1. Old Screen Door



There was blood on the handrail and some on the floor

This house was my home, but it ain’t no more



Came back for a visit just to see his face

But the room started spinnin’, and I lost my place



You try to hold it in, but it all spilled out

Yeah, it started with a whisper, but it ended with a shout



Daddy caught some lightnin’ bugs in a jar

We let 'em all go while he was lookin’ at the stars



A whiskey ghost rode that Milky Way

Yeah, I remember that night like it was yesterday



chorus



The snakes were hissin’ in the hedges

The rats whispered 'neath the floor

And the moon was just watchin’

Through the old screen door



Well, he caught us in the kitchen, me and little Joleen

We held him off for a while, but he was just too mean



A thousand stars hung in that woeful sky

And listened helplessly to a thousand woeful cries



chorus



Well, this Louisville slugger, it’s got tape on the grip

Blood poolin’ up, drip, drip, drip



Lightnin’ bugs floatin’ through a haze of gasoline

Now I lay me down to sleep, set my soul free



chorus



The fire hisses through the hedges

The flames whisper 'neath the floor

And the moon glows crimson

Through the old screen door



Ernest Troost, vocals, guitars, bass

Ralph Humphrey, drums