House of Broken Things

03:19
Lucky Mud
2013-12-11
Mike McKinney

Story

Last year, after a heart attack, I fell into my first, and hopefully last depression. Just home from a great 4500 mile tour and it was like I had been unplugged. Maggie kept asking what was wrong, and I kept saying, "I don't know....it's like I'm waiting for something to happen." That something was a dream, and the dream brought me out of that depression after a three month gap of time. During that time everything in the house, it seemed, had broken. The song came out as more of a confession to myself, but then a tune reluctantly arrived.

Lyrics

I've left a pathway through each room

The coffee pot still works

The clothes, all clean and folded

Except for that dirty shirt

And pants I've worn since God knows when

Since last I shaved, I guess

I'd have some friends for dinner

But this house is such a mess

 

A season like I've never seen

Has passed behind me now

It left so many broken things

And I really don't know how

I'll straighten all I've pushed aside

I can't remember when

But now it's time to find my pride

And make them work again

 

*To fix this house of broken things

To remember what I've loved

And hold them to me tenderly

I could never do enough

So, time to straighten

Time to clean

And put this season past

Open windows, sweep the floors

Clean the counters, open doors

Alive again at last

 

It's been a house of broken things

Of darkness without light

I turned my back upon the day

Closed my eyes and cursed the light

And it's funny how the world went on

Without me being there

It's time to get back in it, now

Time for me to care

 

About this house of broken things

To remember what I've loved

And hold them to me tenderly

I could never do enough

So, time to straighten

Time to clean

And put this season past

Open windows, sweep the floors

Clean the counters, open doors

Make it like it was before

This house of broken things

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