Barn Burning

Words and music by Susan Cattaneo

There’s an orange haze to the sky
Looks just like the night is on fire
Wind carries the smoke for miles
Raise the alarm
There’s a barn burning

Quick now, cover the horses’ eyes
Lead them out as the worn timber whines
Cattle bellow as the old roof sighs
Heat and melting tar
There’s a barn burning

Quick bring the buckets
Feel the weight of water in our hands
Shoulder to shoulder
Save what you can
Save what you can

We pull the children in close
But we can’t keep our eyes off the glow
Flames crack like buckshot as we watch it go
Life up in sparks
A barn burning

Quick bring the buckets
Feel the weight of family in our hands
Shoulder to shoulder
Save what you can
Save what you can

The light of dawn brings the smoke
Like a body giving up the ghost
Wood like burnt out matches down low
Ash and broken hearts
This is who we are
A barn burning
A barn burning
A barn burning

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