1st Place | “The House”

Videos by American Songwriter

Videos by American Songwriter

1st Place
“The House”
Cameron Matthews and Brandon Lay
Belmont, North Carolina

She was standing in the kitchen
Staring down the hall
Had her suitcase in the doorway
Her words I can’t recall
‘Cause I was being too damn stubborn
To let her think I cared

Said if you’re gettin’ gone best be gettin’ on
Girl it’s gettin’ dark out there

(Chorus)
But by the time she hit the highway
My two knees had hit the floor
Praying she’d come walking
Right back through the door
‘Cause now I’m fightin’ back a fire
A sea of whiskey couldn’t douse
As I watch our home
Turn back into a house

That first night alone
I passed out on the floor
‘Cause in the bed that we once shared
I didn’t feel welcome anymore
And when the light crept through the window
And there had been no call

Her memory was haunting me
Like the shadows on the wall

(Repeat Chorus)

(Bridge)
I’ll put a sign out in the ground
For the lowest price in town
On a broken home
That’s burning down

‘Cause by the time she hit the highway
My two knees had hit the floor
Praying she’d come walking
Right back through the door
‘Cause now I’m fightin’ back a fire
A sea of whiskey couldn’t douse
As I watch our home
What used to be our home
As I watch our home
Turn back into a house

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  1. I see and hear few good songs, by my standards anyway.
    This song is really good and I can hear it completed in my head.
    But… The idea in the bridge is perfect, but some more crafting is needed to make it match the excellence of the rest of the song. Keep the bridge idea just re-write it. I hope to hear it one day soon.

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