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House Rent Party

Peter Case

    She was standin' on the corner of wonderland and woe
Waitin' for the light to change and wonderin' where to go
Take the bottles to the grocery, the records to the shop
Or step out on the sidewalk and make some traffic stop

'Cause the phone is disconnected, landlord's at the door
Tow truck at the curb side's here to repossess the Ford

And there's a house rent party tonight, everybody shake
We're gonna blow the roof sky high, see how much we can take
When they put you on the street, you can sit and watch the dawn
But there's something you can do when you're last gold dollar's gone

He's in his double breasted jacket and some cherry wing tip shoes
Big 'ol hat with a feather high and a pocket flask of booze
But he can't afford the treatments and there ain't no other cure
Sad to say without no pay, he won't get well no more

Then the night falls up on Broadway, the neon starts to shine
The dancers in the love act are gettin' ready for the grind

And there's a house rent party tonight, everybody shake
People come from miles around, now we're gonna catch a break
I know we're gonna make it, don't care what I have to do
'Cause I know you'd do the same for me as I would do for you
And there's a house rent party tonight

So I bought a lucky ticket and pinned it to the shelf
I put one away for you baby and kept one for myself
I'm gonna take my winnings, I'm gonna disappear
I'm gonna start a brand new band, we'll play anywhere but here

'Cause nothin's comin' in, sugar, nothin's goin' out
When there's nothin' left to talk about seems all we do is shout

And there's a house rent party tonight, everybody shake
We're gonna blow the roof sky high, see how much we can take

'Cause nothin's comin' in, sugar, nothin's goin' out
There's nothin' left to talk about and all we do is shout
And there's a house rent party tonight