The Big House

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"The Big House"
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Lover's Leap USA cover
Song by Mark Eitzel from the album Lover's Leap USA
Released 1997
Format CD
Label Self-released
Writer(s) Mark Eitzel
Producer(s) Mark Eitzel
Lover's Leap USA track listing
  1. "Have No Words"
  2. "The Big House"
  3. "Dream In Your Heart"
  4. "Lost My Humor"
  5. "How Do You Face Yourself In Sleep"
  6. "Lost And Lonely"
  7. "Pay It Back"
  8. "Leave Her Alone"
  9. "Steve I Always Knew"
  10. "Nice Nice Nice"
  11. "Your Glass Jaw"
  12. "What Good Is Love"
  13. "Sun Smog Seahorse"

"The Big House" is the 2nd song on Mark Eitzel's 4th album, 1997’s tour-only CD Lover's Leap USA. On some copies the track is referred to as "Second Song Sucks," while some refer to it as "Skip Over To Song 3".

Lyrics

The big house is lit up at night,
an island in the calm of the storm
Scattered meaningless shattered words
and bored security guards
The speaker stack is a wall too high to climb
It protects you from the outside world
Malice, jealousy and their hard, cruel touch
I exchange the look - "Yeah, well, good luck"
I turn my back - the gold-plated carrot on a stick -
You just hurt my heart too much

Now you have a name, it doesn't matter who you are
Don't think about it, maybe you'll go far
Let them weigh you and judge you and let them use you as their tool
Give it away, you give it away you fool

Thanks anyway for the backstage pass
Watching the lights flash as you sing your song
Who's this old creep backstage
Don't know what I'm doing here, don't know where I belong
It's as hollow as King Tut's womb
Just drinking drinks and eating snacks
The treadmill keeps moving the river green
I can see your freedom slipping through the cracks

Now you have a name, it doesn't matter who you are
Don't stop and think, face forward and you'll go far
They'll weigh you and judge you and use you as their tool
You give it away, you give it away you fool

Antique paintings from across the pond
Chandeliers and porcelain figurines
Kill this demon and a bigger one will follow
Your heart in the big house, cold and hollow
Remember those who protect you
and not those who respect you
What price do you pay for your honesty
I gave my laminate to one of your fans
I'm sure he'll make better use of it than me

Now you have a name, it doesn't matter who you are
Just keep your head facing forward, maybe you'll go far
They'll weigh you and judge you and use you as their tool
And you give it away, you give it away you fool
You beautiful fool
You fool

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