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​The Stairs

This song is by Reba McEntire and appears on the album The Last One To Know (1987).

The Stairs

She looks at the clock-It's quarter past nine
She hears his car as it pulls in the drive
Dinner's been waiting from hours before
She knows he's been drinking when he walks in the door
In anger he strikes out and she starts to cry
How much more can she take? How much more can she lie?

And she fell down the stairs again
But it hasn't happened since she don't know when
Was it in spring when she packed up the kids?
Maybe in winter with his job on the skids
Oh, but just like before she'll have to pretend
That she fell down the stairs again

A short time ago she started a job
Serving chicken fried steak and corn on the cob
She started out shy but she ended up sure
That a ticket to anywhere could be the cure
But he couldn't handle the change for the better
She tried to leave him, but he wouldn't let her

He says he's sorry, he didn't mean it
He swears it won't happen again
But she's so confused she wants to believe him
She just wants this nightmare to end

And she fell down the stairs again
But it hasn't happened since she don't know when
Was it in spring when she packed up the kids?
Maybe in winter with his job on the skids
Oh, but just like before she'll have to pretend
That she fell down the stairs again

Just like before she'll have to pretend
That she fell down the stairs again