Saint Louis, MO
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Known for it's shadowy figures, strange noises and flickering lights,
"Shadow House" has been dismissed as a neighborhood drug site.
But the crackheads won't go in or linger nearby,
They say strange things happen there, things weirder than getting high.
The owners left suddenly and never came back,
left everything they owned, according to a hood rat.
Old Shadow House is nothing to play with.
A girl came out crazy after she went in to turn a trick.
Ain't spoke a word since, all she do is stare.
Sometimes she wants to speak, but all you hear is air.
City came by and was gonna cut the grass.
We sat there watching all we could do was laugh.
I know I saw something but I cant tell you what it was.
Scared me so bad I lost a good buzz.
Those cats ran for there truck and there mower is still in the back.
If everybody wasn't so scared, somebody would sell it for crack.
The alley back there is a dead end.
The po po was chasing some gangsters and thought they had them boxed in.
All you could hear that night was shooting and screaming.
They were all running and cussing, It thought I was dreaming.
They ran clean off and left their brand new cruiser.
And handcuffed in the back was some cracked out loser.
They say he ran all the way to the police station an turned himself in.
In the cell he was calling on God to forgive him of his sins.
I saw him the other day going door to door.
Now he is a Jehovah's Witness and don't get high no more.
He said he don't remember a thang,
Doctor says that he's got some kinda mental block on his brain.
The other day some cats broke out of Central Lockup,
Two was old and the other a young buck.
They hid in the basement and was hitting the pipe.
They ran out screaming in the middle of the night.
Said a man came walking down the stairs with no head,
Reached for their pipe, when he should be somewhere dead.
I been stopped smoking, I even threw away an ounce,
And its getting late so I'm fixin to bounce.
Whatever you do, Don't say I didn't tell you so.
When you come down this street, don't stop at that front door.
Cause Shadow House don't care if you ugly or cute,
Or so broke you can't pay attention or loaded with loot.
If you pass by late, I would advise you not tot hesitate.
Hey! do you have any spare change?
c2009 Al Stewart
April 16th, 2009
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