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My Fathers House

Song Author Bruce Springsteen Performer: Emmylou Harris Submitted by: Anonymous

[C]Last night I dreamed that [F]I was a [C]child
Out where the pines grow wild and [G7]tall   
I was [C]trying to [F]make it home through the [C]forest
Before the dar[G7]k-ness [C]falls

I heard the wind rustling [F]through the [C]trees
And ghostly voices rose from the [G7]fields
I ran with my heart [C]pounding [F]down that broken [C]path
With the devil [G7]snappin' at my [C]heels

I broke through the trees and [F]there in the [C]night
My father's house stood shining hard and [G7]bright
The branches and [C]brambles [F]tore my clothes and scratched my [C]arms
But I ran till I fell [G7]shaking in his [C]arms

I awoke and I imagined the [F]hard things that pulled us [C]apart
Will never again sir tear us from each other's [G7]hearts
I got [C]dressed and to that [F]house I did [C]ride from out on the road
I could see [G7]his windows shining in [C]light

I walked up the steps and [F]stood on the [C]porch

A woman I didn't recognize
Came and spoke to me through the chained [G7]door   
I told her my [C]story and [F]who I'd come [C]for  
She said I'm sorry but no one by that [G7]name lives here any[C]more

My father's house shines [F]hard and [C]bright
It stands like a beacon calling me in the [G7]night
Calling and [C]calling so [F]cold and a[C]lone
Shining across this dark highway where all our [G7]sins lie una[C]toned


Last night I dreamed that I was a child
Out where the pines grow wild and tall
I was trying to make it home through the forest
Before the dark-ness falls

I heard the wind rustling through the trees
And ghostly voices rose from the fields
I ran with my heart pounding down that broken path
With the devil snappin' at my heels

I broke through the trees and there in the night
My father's house stood shining hard and bright
The branches and brambles tore my clothes and scratched my arms
But I ran till I fell shaking in his arms

I awoke and I imagined the hard things that pulled us apart
Will never again sir tear us from each other's hearts
I got dressed and to that house I did ride from out on the road
I could see his windows shining in light

I walked up the steps and stood on the porch

A woman I didn't recognize
Came and spoke to me through the chained door
I told her my story and who I'd come for
She said I'm sorry but no one by that name lives here anymore

My father's house shines hard and bright
It stands like a beacon calling me in the night
Calling and calling so cold and alone
Shining across this dark highway where all our sins lie unatoned

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