Pinwheel of Death

Kenya Walker


SONGS

Writers Anna Lisa Graham, Kenya Walker

Genres Country, Ballad, Family

Recorded 1994

Lyrics I REMEMBER DADDY YELLING,
DON'T LEAVE THIS HOUSE
LOOKING LIKE SOME FREAK.
AND MAMA WHISPERED,
BABY, HE MEANS WELL,
'CAUSE WHAT WOULD PEOPLE THINK?
THEN HE SLAMMED THE DOOR,
STAGGERED 'CROSS THE FLOOR,
PASSED OUT IN HIS EASY CHAIR.
AND MAMA CALLED OVER TO THE BEAUTY SHOP
ASKING, MILDRED, CAN YOU FIX MY HAIR?

AND THE WALLS WERE LINED
WITH FAMILY PORTRAITS
ALL FROM OLAN MILLS.
RIGHT ABOVE THE DRESSER
WHERE DADDY KEPT HIS LIQUOR
AND MAMA HID HER SLEEPING PILLS.
AND THE DOOR WAS CLOSED
TO BROTHER'S ROOM,
HE WAS NEVER TALKED ABOUT.
WE KNEW BETTER
THAN TO OPEN THAT CLOSET,
'CAUSE A SKELETON MIGHT FALL OUT.
AND WE THOUGHT
DADDY WAS FATHER KNOWS BEST,
AND MAMA WAS DONNA REED.
JUST MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS,
AND KEEP UP APPEARANCES.
NORMAL FAMILY.

DADDY SOBERED UP FOR SUNDAY SERVICE,
WAS A DEACON IN THE CHURCH.
WHEN THE PLATE WAS PASSED
MAMA PULLED A TWENTY
FROM HER PATENT LEATHER PURSE.
THE PREACHER AT DINNER
TALKED ABOUT SINNERS,
LORD, LET US PRAY FOR THEM.
THEN I FOUND A NOTE
THE PREACHER HAD WROTE
TO MAMA WITH LOVE FROM HIM

AND THE WALLS WERE LINED
WITH FAMILY PORTRAITS
ALL FROM OLAN MILLS.
RIGHT ABOVE THE DRESSER
WHERE DADDY KEPT HIS LIQUOR
AND MAMA HID HER SLEEPING PILLS.
AND THE DOOR WAS CLOSED
TO BROTHER'S ROOM,
HE WAS NEVER TALKED ABOUT.
WE KNEW BETTER
THAN TO OPEN THAT CLOSET,
'CAUSE A SKELETON MIGHT FALL OUT.
AND WE THOUGHT
DADDY WAS FATHER KNOWS BEST,
AND MAMA WAS DONNA REED.
JUST MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS,
AND KEEP UP APPEARANCES.
NORMAL FAMILY.

TWO MONTHS LATER THEY FOUND HIS BODY,
THE WAKE WAS ON A WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
AS MY DADDY LAY DEAD
MY MAMA JUST SAID,
HONEY, DO I LOOK ALRIGHT?

AND THE WALLS WERE LINED
WITH FAMILY PORTRAITS
ALL FROM OLAN MILLS.
RIGHT ABOVE THE DRESSER
WHERE DADDY KEPT HIS LIQUOR
AND MAMA HID HER SLEEPING PILLS.
AND THE DOOR WAS CLOSED
TO BROTHER'S ROOM,
HE WAS NEVER TALKED ABOUT.
WE KNEW BETTER
THAN TO OPEN THAT CLOSET,
'CAUSE A SKELETON MIGHT FALL OUT.
AND WE THOUGHT
DADDY WAS FATHER KNOWS BEST,
AND MAMA WAS DONNA REED.
JUST MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS,
AND KEEP UP APPEARANCES.
NORMAL FAMILY.
 

Cowriters: Anna Lisa Graham