House up in Clearlake
Where I used to live
Picked the lock on the front door
And felt it give

Touch nothing, move nothing, stand still
Keep my ears open for cars
See how the people here live now
Hope they're better at it than I was

I used to live here
I used to live here
I used to live here
I used to live here

Pictures up on the mantle
Nobody I know
I stand by the tiny furnace
Where the long shadows grow

Living room to bedroom to kitchen
Familiar and warm
Hours we spent starving within these walls
Sounds of a distant storm

I used to live here
I used to live here
I used to live here
I used to live here

Fight through the ghosts in the hallway
Duck and weave
Stand by the door with my eyes closed
When it's time to leave

Steal home before sunset
Cover up my tracks
Drive home with old dreams of play in my mind
And the wind at my back

Break the lock on my own garden gate
When I get home after dark
Sit looking up at the stars outside
Like teeth in the mouth of a shark

I used to live here
I used to live here
I used to live here
I used to live here

Lyrics submitted by tragicweek

Genesis 3:23 song meanings
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  • +1
    General Comment"Therefore the Lord God sent him out (or forth, depending on your translation) from the Garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken."

    It sounds so appropriately soft in a beaten kind of way. I like the shark image for when he gets home.
    eleventyon September 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always figured the guy was (un)dead.

    Hence the pause in "I used to".
    Hence he has to "break the lock on [his] own garden gate," it's a cemetery.
    Hence he lies out looking at the stars "like teeth in the mouth of a shark," he's lying in an open grave.
    Hence "hope they're better at it than I was" - not living in this particular house but living in general.

    Clearly, he should meet up with the guy from "The Cool" and have adventures.
    karvinismon June 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm stricken by the fact that the narrator had to break the lock on HIS garden gate when he got home. Why didn't he have a key?
    Blithiumon October 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's not his garden. Someone else owns it. At this point in the song, his sense of ownership over his old home allows him to casually break in, and sing without any intensity. That's why the song comes off as calm and cheery rather than intense. It's a break in that feels warranted.
    goingtospacebrbon October 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs this the house that he grew up in on The Sunset Tree?
    Anilandon January 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeems to be about a person who has had either a familial falling out or, given the bible passage referenced in the title, someone who has fallen from grace in a spiritual sense and is trying to reclaim their soul. This echoes Adam's banishment from the Garden of Eden, and explains why this person is breaking the lock on "their own garden gate." Either way, this person is trying to recapture something they lost.
    jefferyd431on July 17, 2019   Link
  • -1
    General CommentHe's so used to breaking and entering that he unconsciously breaks into his own property
    Zopilote Steelon October 12, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI get the feeling of an estranged son/husband/etc coming home because he misses his family.
    ExoM7on June 19, 2010   Link

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