Lord Comes a Knockin

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about

I wrote this in about twenty minutes in a room at the Gordon Inn in Tel Aviv as the sun was just setting. I had been in a terrible mood all day after staying out too late with some anarchist acquaintances. Then this song came out of nowhere and demanded to be written. I still have no idea what any of it means. Do you?

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You know they caught the preacher
With his pants down
He was drunker than hell and upside down
He bought a one-way ticket straight down
To the land of fire and terrible sounds

So when the Lord comes a knockin
Tell him I aint around

The county clerks wear roller skates
While the deputies and magistrates
Sit on picnic chairs above the lake
And the peasants all wait for their cake

So when the Lord comes a knockin
Tell him I’m running late

In a distant land I tried to find
A simple life from another time
The natives sat and sucked on limes
Waiting for a bell to chime

So when the Lord comes a knockin
Tell him I’ll bring the wine

Christmas bells and shotgun shells
Lollipops and show and tell
I’ll count to ten and back again
But you can’t hide from me my friend

I would saw my bones just to see you smile
Drag a boulder down a crooked mile
But my tools all lay in a rusty pile
And dragging never was my style

So when the Lord comes a knockin
Tell him to stay a while

credits

from Homeland for the Restless, released January 13, 2013
David C. on backup vocals

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Leo J and The Mêlée Portland, Oregon

Hands in the dirt
Face to the wind
Folk Songs

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