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​The Stranger At My Door

This song is by Brandi Carlile and appears on the album The Firewatcher's Daughter (2015).

Original video
(Ooh)

I have seen the firewatcher's daughter
Watching fires burn from smoke to black
There's nothing she won't burn, from Styrofoam to urns
To someone else's ashes in a sack

You can scorch the metal, you can even melt the glass
You can pass the time here, fire lives into the past
And all-consuming flame, that refines and new begins
It'll take your family heirlooms, but it can take your darkest sins

It's a good ol' bedtime story, give you nightmares till you die
And the ones that love to tell it, hide the mischief in their eyes
Condemn their sons to Hades and Gehenna is full of guys alive and well
But there ain't no Hell for a firewatcher's daughter

Ooh
Ooh, ooh

We exorcise the demons of the things we used to know (ooh)
The gnashing of the teeth become the remnants of our homes
We think we're moving on from materials we long
To forget we ever sold our souls to own

There's a chilling absolution that we're given at our birth
A powerful delusion and a plague upon the earth
But nothing scares me more than the stranger at my door
Who I fail to give shelter, time and worth

It's a good ol' bedtime story, give you nightmares till you die
And the ones that love to tell it, hide the mischief in their eyes
Condemn their sons to Hades and Gehenna is full of guys alive and well (well)
But there ain't no Hell for a firewatcher's daughter

Written by:

Brandi Carlile

Musicians:

  • Brandi Carlile: electric guitar, piano, vocals
  • Tim Hanseroth: electric guitar, vocals, percussion
  • Phil Hanseroth: vocals, percussion
  • Brian Griffin: percussion
  • Josh Neumann: cello
  • Ryan Hadlock: piano

annotations:

Styrofoam Wikipedia16 / Hades Wikipedia16 / Gehenna Wikipedia16