Hole In The Fence



You know I think back now and it seems so long ago
Lazy autumn afternoons and we were raring to go
School over for hours and the homework yet begun
We'd climb up on that high school roof and we'd stare at the sun
We'd climb up on that high school roof, yeah, and stare
   As it dropped down in the sky
   And the clouds they were streaked orange and red
   And the wind, the wind would ruffle our hair
   And we'd whisper things unsaid
   (and we'd whisper things better left unsaid)

We'd crawl through that hole in the fence, backside of the school
The one between the football field and the swimming pool
We'd shimmy up drain pipes all of two stories high
And we'd sit on cracked gravel and tar watching the world go by
Yeah we'd sit on cracked gravel and tar watching it all pass us by
   As the day slid into dusk
   And the trees they blew in the breeze (way down below us)
   And we'd pull, we'd pull our jackets close
   And even then sometimes we'd freeze
   Even then sometimes we'd fucking freeze

The soft glow of the air is what I remember most
And the rumble of the trains as they roared on up the coast
Our juvenile laughter at our own crude and crappy little jokes
And as I walk 'round here today I think I sense our ghosts
As I walk 'round here today I feel our ghosts
   'Cause you know now I'm a man
   Holding my little girl by her hand
   Feeling the trembles of her first day
   And all that I can think now to say

   (Is that) I have been here before
   I've been through every one of these goddamn doors
   And if I could give you one simple hint
   See over there, there's a hole in the fence

We'd climb up on that high school roof and stare at the sun
We'd climb up on that high school roof, yeah, and stare
Until our eyes burned away
Until our eyes burned away
I thank the Lord I still remember
Oh yeah, goddamn, I still remember
©Mike Runion, 2000
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