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Murder in the Red Barn

This song is by John Hammond and appears on the album Wicked Grin (2001).

This song is a cover of "Murder In The Red Barn" by Tom Waits.
There was a murder in the red barn
A murder in the red barn

The trees are bending over and the cows are lying down
The autumn's taking over, you can hear the buckshot hounds
The watchman said to Reba the the loon
Was it pale at Manzanita, was it blind Bob the coon?

Pin it on a drifter, they sleep beneath the bridge
One plays the violin and sleeps inside a fridge
There was a murder in the red barn
Murder in the red barn

Someone's crying in the woods, someone's burying all his clothes
Now Slam the Crank from Wheezer slept outside last night and froze
Roadkill has its seasons just like anything
There's possums in the autumn and there's farm cats in the spring

There was a murder in the red barn
Murder in the red barn

Now thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house
Or covet thy neighbor's wife
But for some murder's the only door
Through which they enter life

Now they surrounded the house, they smoked him out and took him off in chains
The sky turned black and bruised and months of heavy rains
Now the ravens nest in the rotted roof of Chenoweth's old place
And no one's asking Cal about that scar upon his face

'Cause there's nothing strange about an axe with bloodstains in the barn
There's always some killing you've got to do around the farm
A murder in the red barn
Murder in the red barn

The woods will never tell what sleeps beneath the trees
Or what's buried beneath a rock or hiding in the leaves
'Cause roadkill has its seasons just like anything
It's possums in the autumn and it's farm cats in the spring

A murder in the red barn
Murder in the red barn

Now a lady can't do nothing without folks' tongues wagging
Is that blood on the tree or is it autumn's red blaze?
When the ground is soft for digging and the rain will bring all this gloom
There's nothing wrong with a lady drinking alone in her room

But there was a murder in the red barn
A murder in the red barn
There was a murder in the red barn
A murder in the red barn

There was a murder in the red barn
A murder in the red barn

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