"White Picket Fence" as written by and Joe Purdy....

Martha come quick, the doctor is sick, lying there on the street
The circus performers they all tried to warn us of the blistering heat
There ain't no water, so what is the bother with trying to drink?
What's the new plan when your medicine man has gone too dead to think?

I saw you looking out, I saw you looking at me
And I saw you looking out, I saw you looking at me
And that white picket fence that you had as a kid
It ain't white anymore, and the wood has gone thin

Streets are all empty, the stores have been picked clean, and the lights are all out
The windows are broken, the doors are all closed, and the buildings torn down
And the dogs of the night, well they all lost their bite, and they're too tired to growl
You tried throwing stones but you can't fight the moans of that hovering crowd

Yeah I saw you crying, I saw you crying last night
Yeah I saw you crying, I saw you crying last night
And that white picket fence that you used to have
It ain't white anymore, and the paint has gone bad


Well the drugs have worn off and there's blood in your cough, and you're starting to turn
Tempers will rise as we blankly stare at the growing concern
And the preacher still preaches from outside his steeple, singing "When will they learn?"
But the congregation's gone, they're on the church lawn and they're watching it burn

Yeah I saw you screaming, I saw you screaming out loud
Yeah I saw you screaming, I saw you screaming out loud
And that white picket fence that you had when you were young
It ain't white anymore, and the damage has been done

Well you're too sick to scream, and the last of your dreams, they got taken last night
All of the nations are growing impatient and they're starting to fight
Mothers are dying, children are crying, and they're losing their sight

It won't be long, we'll all be gone, walking into the light
And I saw you screaming out, and I saw you looking at me
Yeah and I saw you reaching out, I saw you reaching for me
And that white picket fence that you had as a kid
It ain't shining anymore, and it never ever did






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    General Commentit's a very sad song. i'm not sure the meaning, but to me, the white picket fence is kinda like hope, or dreams of growing up and being something. but as the person grows up, they turn sick and cold. so their world starts going crazy and insane like nothing is right anymore. the church burning is like loss of belief, beliefof anything like belief that theres something better or that everything will fix. and the person tries to fight it, cuz she's screaming and crying and reaching out, but in the end, there was nothing she could do....idk but thats kinda wat it maks me think. mayeb the person did something wrong and it screwed their life.
    Sandwhichon June 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI can listen to this song over and over again. It always reminds me of
    disaster, but it is soothing for some reason. Joe Purdy's voice is
    incredible especially in this song. I love it.
    lost815on November 03, 2009   Link

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