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Vernon Garfield's Yellow House (Allan Rankin)

Eileen was a quiet child,
no laughter in her eyes,
Somewhere in the darkness,
the innocence had died;
Where the fields run to the shore,
and the devil's paintbrush grows,
At Vernon Garfield's yellow house
back from the road.

Her mother was a timid soul,
powerless and small,
She worked to buy the groceries,
and made love to alcohol;
Eileen dreamed of tenderness
outside the prison gate,
At Vernon Garfield's yellow house
childhood learned to wait.

Looking through the back door
of a run-down family,
Where you can't find the grace of God,
and the spirit is too weak;
Where the Island way of life
is nothing pretty to behold,
At Vernon Garfield's yellow house
back from the road.

Vernon bought her clothes to wear,
he gave her everything,
And in the backyard near the fence
he built a tire swing;
Where Eileen played on summer days,
spinning in the wind,
At Vernon Garfield's yellow house
every gift had strings.

Into her room like drifting snow
the weekend madness came,
Silent fear and unseen tears,
no shelter from the pain;
And when the storm was over
Eileen could breathe again,
At Vernon Garfield's yellow house
the shadows had no names.

Looking through the back door
of a run-down family,
Where you can't find the grace of God,
and the spirit is too weak;
Where the Island way of life
is nothing pretty to behold,
At Vernon Garfield's yellow house
back from the road.

Now the snow has left the ditches,
and it's time to drag the lane,
And you can see white curtains blow
from the broken window pane;
And in the sky above the birches,
a robin flies alone,
At Vernon Garfield's yellow house
there's nobody home.

Looking through the back door
of a run-down family,
Where you can't find the grace of God,
and the spirit is too weak;
Where the Island way of life
is nothing pretty to behold,
At Vernon Garfield's yellow house
back from the road.

####.... Allan Rankin. Performance rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved ....####
Recorded by Allan Rankin (New Branches, ©1995 Wild Garden Music).

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