Crazy House (1988 version)

by Lach

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"This track is from the very first Antifolk compilation, Fortunes 13, and it came out originally on cassette tape! It featured amazing early Antifolkers such as Brenda Kahn, Billy Nova, Mike Rimbaud, Kirk Kelly, Zane Campbell and Roger Manning. Crazy House later appeared with full band on my album The Calm Before.
Bonus feature: An early cartoon about Antifolk scribbled on a bar napkin. I called them Bartoons" - Lach


released November 8, 2015

Lach - Guitars and Vocals
Billy Nove - Producer
Norman England - Engineer



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Track Name: Crazy House (1988 Version)
Crazy House

After finishing a wartime meal
A hand-rolled cigarette
I give myself a feel
A reminder so I won't forget
The circus is coming but it's different this time
When it was here last year I went on every ride

House to car to street to bar
I can feel the heat rise
Like driving through small town on Christmas eve night
Circus is in town but I'm in tight control
I let the other clowns fight over it all

The house of mirrors where they steal your soul
and put it up on the wall
The house of horrors at least has guts
but the monsters there are stuffed
The big arena and the circus parade
where the ringmaster leads the charade

You can hear the cheers coming at you from the darkness
You can see a crowd out there but you can't see one face
I've been in, now I’m out, and I'm going to go to
crazy house

After filling out my application and waiting in a white, white room
they bring me congratulations, a smock, a mop, a broom
Circus is leaving
but it's different this time
I'm the king of crazy house and I'm leaving this town behind