And the hole in the screen is barely big enough for you
And not near enough for me to go
And the whole damn complicated
Situation could've been avoided if I'd only shut the window

And I may be leavin' myself open
To a murder or a heart attack
But I'm leavin' the back door open
'Til you come back, 'til you come back

And I may be movin' myself closer
To a real untimely end
But I'm leavin' the back door open
'Til you come home again, you come home again

And I told the neighbors, I put pictures up
And handed out some flyers at the show
And the whole town speculating
Situations could've been avoided if I'd only shut the window

And I may be leavin' myself open
To a murder or a heart attack
But I'm leavin' the back door open
'Til you come back, 'til you come back

And I may be movin' myself closer
To a real untimely end
But I'm leavin' the back door open
'Til you come home again, you come home again
'Til you come home again

And I may be leavin' myself open
To a murder or a heart attack
But I'm leavin' the back door open
'Til you come back, 'til you come back

And I may be movin' myself closer
To a real untimely end
But I'm leavin' the back door open
'Til you come home again, you come home again
'Til you come home again, 'til you come home



Lyrics submitted by charlesbronson

Murder (Or a Heart Attack) Lyrics as written by Donald Dennis Melbourne Miller

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    Rhett Miller was actually at the time my uncle's roommate when they lived in LA. My uncle had a cat whom he was insanely obsessed with. The cat was his best friend basically. So my uncle was out touring with a band and Rhett accidentally let the cat get out. This is why he was so frantically searching for the cat. And when he says "leaving myself open to a murder or a heart attack" it meant my uncle was either going to kill him or he was going to have a heart attack from being so nervous about losing the cat.

    It was really cool growing up knowing Rhett. Haven't seen him in years but my uncle is actually on their tour with them as i leave this comment. which is pretty cool.

    later

    rv.shredder07on June 23, 2008   Link
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    This is a great song about his(im not sure who "he" is) cat ran away. Its pretty cool how he wrote it though. Ive lost cats too, I know how it is-- great song though

    BlindReefon April 18, 2002   Link
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    I got a chance to talk to Rhett (the singer) and he explained that he made this song sound as if it were about his cat because he had a rather jealous girlfriend at the time and she would've been angry because the song was about another girl.

    krushzedon April 20, 2003   Link
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    Did the cat ever come back?

    alphie28on January 15, 2011   Link
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    "And when he says "leaving myself open to a murder or a heart attack" it meant my uncle was either going to kill him or he was going to have a heart attack from being so nervous about losing the cat."

    To me it sounds like he means that someone might come in his house and kill him or scare him, but he's leaving the back door open so the cat can come inside easily.

    "And I may be leavin' myself open To a murder or a heart attack But I'm leavin' the back door open 'Til you come back, 'til you come back"

    linangel85on April 19, 2012   Link
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    I played this song for one of my house staffs when her cat ran away after I discovered that it is about a missing cat. Until RV Shredder said that their uncle was Rhett's roommate, I always thought it was about a missing person.

    seeingon December 09, 2014   Link

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