1. House of Cards

From the recording Where the Road Bends

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My friends all call me little John
We like to ride around till dawn
And sleep our way through the day.

My dad he bangs them nails
Sometimes he works, sometimes he fails
And my mom - she never calls

I don’t know which is worse –
Mom or Dad or the courts
(Or nothing at all)
I’ve been ripped and I’ve been torn
I’ve been shuffled since I was born
Through this house of cards

Now mom, she’s no fool
Got the house, got the pool
Went and married some guy with a badge

My dad he’s an easy mark
He’s been drunk for the better part
Of my twenty years.

My friends call me little John
Seems all my life I’ve been gone. Come dawn, I’ll be gone, just gone
Just gone.