This House Is on Fire

From the album Motherland

This house is on fire! Kick off your boots, come and sit a spell, listen to me worry, come and listen well. All you better best come and lean in boys ’cause I don’t dare to raise my voice. I’ve been sitting here for the longest time reading all the warning and the danger signs. I don’t have the gift of the prophecy; telling everybody how it’s gonna be. Soon come, soon come the day this tinderbox is gonna blow in your face. I don’t have the gift of the prophecy, telling everybody how it’s gonna be. You go passing wrong for right and right for wrong, people only stand for that for just so long.

It’s all gonna catch like a house on fire, spark an evil blaze and burn higher. Well, I don’t have the gift of the prophecy, telling everybody how it’s gonna be. You go passing wrong for right and right for wrong, people only stand for that for just so long.

I don’t have the gift of the prophecy, telling everybody how it’s gonna be. But there’s a wildfire catching in the whip of the wind that could start a conflagration like there has never been. This house is on fire!

Natalie Merchant / Indian Love Bride ©2001