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  • Mail Music Monday Memorial Day 2013

    Today we remember, with appreciation, the one’s who died to protect freedom. I think the tone of “Houses on the Hill” by Whiskeytown is appropriate for Memorial Day. It was recommended by a friend, Neff Connor (@nffcnnr), who is well known for his photos of the Dallas/Fort Worth music scene.

    I wish I could have found a louder version — you’ll have to turn up the volume to here the beginning. I’ve included the lyrics so, if the mood strikes you, you can sing along.

    Houses on the Hill

    Songwriters: RYAN ADAMS, CAITLIN CARY

    Well, I found a bunch of letters
    They were written for the fellow
    Who broke your momma’s heart
    And the envelope folds smelled of her ancient perfume

    I’ll bet she didn’t know
    How to respond before the blankets of snow
    Caught him out wandering alone
    With no place to go
    There were stars in the sky
    There were houses on the hill
    There were bottles and pills
    That were easy to buy to keep her warm
    From the oncoming storm

    Well, I found them in the northwest corner of the attic
    In a box labeled “Tinsel and Lights”
    Didn’t know what I was looking for
    Maybe just a blanket or artifacts

    Eisenhower sent him to war
    He kept her picture in his pocket that was closest to his heart
    And when he hit shore
    It must have been a target
    For the gun-men
    There were stars in the sky
    There were bunkers on the hill
    And there were caskets to fill where he would lie
    Shrouded in the red, white & blue with the stripes

    There were stars in the sky
    There were houses on the hill
    There were bottles and pills
    That were easy to buy to keep her warm
    From the oncoming storm

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