Houses On The Hill

Lyrics: Ryan Adams, Caitlin Cary
Music: Ryan Adams, Caitlin Cary

A Whiskeytown song sung by Joan Osborne with Phil Lesh and Friends in 2005.

Well, I found a bunch of letters
They were written for the fellow
Who broke your momma's heart
And the envelope folds smelled of her ancient perfume
I'll bet she didn't know
How to respond before the blankets of snow
Caught him out wandering alone
With no place to go

There were stars in the sky
There were houses on the hill
There were bottles and pills that were easy to buy
To keep her warm from the oncoming storm

Well, I found them in the northwest corner of the attic
In a box labeled tinsel and lights
Didn't know what I was looking for
Maybe just a blanket or artifacts
Eisenhower sent him to war
He kept her picture in his pocket that was closest to his heart
And when he hit shore, it must have been a target for the gunner-men

There were stars in the sky
There were bunkers in the hill
And there were caskets to fill where he would lie
Shrouded in the red, white and blue with the stripes

There were stars in the sky
There were houses on the hill
There were bottles and pills that were easy to buy
To keep her warm from the oncoming storm

There were stars in the sky
There were bunkers in the hill
And there were caskets to fill where he would lie
Shrouded in the red, white and blue with the stripes
Ryan Adams Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1997 Stranger's Almanac Whiskeytown