Murder In The Red Barn
Tom Waits Lyrics


There was a murder in the red barn, a murder in the red barn

The trees are bending over and the cows are lying down
The autumn's taking over, you can hear the Buckshot hounds
The watchman said to Reba the loon
Was it pale at Manzanita, was it Blind Bob the coon?
Pin it on a drifter they sleep beneath the bridge
One plays the violin and sleeps inside a fridge
There was a murder in the red barn, murder in the red barn
Someone's crying in the woods, someone's burying all his clothes
Now Slam the Crank from Wheezer slept outside last night and froze
Roadkill has its seasons just like anything
There's possums in the autumn and there's farm cats in the spring
There was a murder in the red barn, a murder in the red barn

Now thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house or covet they neighbor's wife
But for some murder is the only door through which they enter life

Well, they surrounded the house, they smoked him out, took him off in chains
They sky runed black and bruised and we had months of heavy rains
Now, the ravens nest in the rotted roof of Chenoweth's old place
And no one's asking Cal about that scar upon his face
'Cause there's nothin' strange about an axe with bloodstains in barn,
There's always some killin' you got to do around the farm
A murder in the red barn, murder in the red barn

The woods will never tell what sleeps beneath the trees
Or what's buried 'neath a rock or hiding in the leaves
'Cause roadkill has it's seasons just like anything
It's possums in the autumn and it's farm cats in the spring
A murder in the red barn, a murder in the red barn

Now, a lady can't do nothin' without folks' tongues waggin'
Is this blood on the tree or is it autumn's red blaze?
When the ground' soft for diggin' and the rain will bring all this gloom
There's nothing wrong with a lady drinking alone in her room
But there was a murder in the red barn, a murder in the red barn

There was a murder in the red barn, a murder in the red barn

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Written by: KATHLEEN BRENNAN, THOMAS ALAN WAITS

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Wesley John Delaney

This is the soundtrack to my nights when I don't want anybody around but my dog, a bottle of Jameson, a fridge drawer full of Guinness and a pack of smokes. Try get me to turn down my Tom Waits albums. 3 years here and not a peep haha.

John Stewart

Yes sir.... same here.... these humans don’t have a fucking clue on this side of the planet

jim Assalone

Pin it on a drifter, they sleep beneath the bridge, one plays the violin and sleeps inside a fridge. Classic Tom Waits.

tyron dardizian

There was a murder in the red barn
Murder in the red barn

The trees are bending over
The cows are lying down
The autumn's taking over
You can hear the Buckshot hounds
The watchman said to Reba the loon:
''Was it pale at Manzanita
Or Blind Bob the racoon?''
Pin it on a drifter
They sleep beneath the bridge
One plays the violin
And sleeps inside a fridge
There was a murder in the red barn
A murder in the red barn

Someone's crying in the woods
Someone's burying all his clothes
Now Slam the Crank from Wheezer
Slept outside last night and froze
Road kill has its seasons
Just like anything
It's possums in the autumn
And it's farm cats in the spring
There was a murder in the red barn
A murder in the red barn

Now thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house
Or covet thy neighbor's wife
But for some
Murder is the only door thru which they enter life

Now they surrounded the house
They smoked him out
They took him off in chains
The sky turned black and bruised
And we had months of heavy rains
Now the ravens nest in the rotted roof
Of Chenoweth's old place
And noone's asking Cal
About that scar upon his face
'Cause there's nothin' strange
About an axe with bloodstains in the barn
There's always some killin'
You got to do around the farm
A murder in the red barn
Murder in the red barn

Now the woods will never tell
What sleeps beneath the trees
Or what's buried 'neath a rock
Or hiding in the leaves
'Cause road kill has it's seasons
Just like anything
It's possums in the autumn
And it's farm cats in the spring
There was a murder in the red barn
A murder in the red barn

Now a lady can't do nothin'
Without folks' tongues waggin'
Is that blood on the tree
Or is it autumn's red blaze
When the ground's soft for diggin'
And the rain will bring all this gloom
There's nothing wrong with a lady
Drinking alone in a room
But there was a murder in the red barn
A murder in the red barn