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The Green And White House (John Hollohan)

There's a green and white house
looking out at the sea,
That my grandfather built back
when land was still free;
He cut all the lumber at the mill
with a friend,
And he drove every nail
from beginning to end.

It had a big kitchen,
but the bedrooms were small,
There was no indoor plumbing
or hydro at all;
A big water barrel
in the porch way out back,
And a pantry where they kept
salt beef and hardtack.

There was no spiral staircase
or glass chandelier,
Just a kerosene lamp
at the top of the stairs;
The cat would curl up
on the old kitchen couch,
In my grandfather's green and white,
two-story house.

While grandpa was fishing
far out from the cove,
Grandma rocked in her chair
by the old kitchen stove;
Sewing and darning
and knitting all day,
While a pot of salt beef
would keep boiling away.

A galvanized tub was
her Maytag machine,
And an old scrubbing board helped her
get the clothes clean;
She would hang them outside
in the breeze from the sea,
And the salt air would render them
soft and cling-free.

There was no spiral staircase
or glass chandelier,
Just a kerosene lamp
at the top of the stairs;
The cat would curl up
on the old kitchen couch,
In my grandfather's green and white,
two-story house.

For three generations
this house was passed down,
But the last one just moved
'cause there's no work around;
They boarded the windows
before they moved out,
Of my grandfather's green and white,
two-story house.

Sometimes when I'm dreaming
and I go back in time,
I can still see that green and white house
in my mind;
I can picture them standing there
both looking out
At the sea from that green and white,
two-story house.

There was no spiral staircase
or glass chandelier,
Just a kerosene lamp
at the top of the stairs;
The cat would curl up
on the old kitchen couch,
In my grandfather's green and white,
two-story house.
My grandfather's green and white,
two-story house.

####.... John Hollohan ©1995. Performance rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved ....####

Recorded at HB Studios, Victoria, BC, by John Hollohan (Back In Time, 2003 CD, trk#7, Sweet Bay Music, Victoria, BC).

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