From Baltimore to Murfreesboro

A song I wrote in memory of Barney Barnhouser from stories written by Susan Adcock at pitcherlady.com. Rest in Peace, Barney.

Performed by Kim Novak

Music and lyrics by Kim Novak. All instruments and vocals by Kim Novak. More than inspired by Susan Adcock's stories about Barney Barnhauser on her Pitcherlady Blogs.

Lyrics

Growing up on South Ann Street
Just a few blocks from the harbor in the salty air
Like the tall ships docked in waters calm, but wanting to set sail
On a sea that's sometimes difficult to bear

Living on the Nashville streets
Trying to find a job to get him by
At the circus in a costume playing a role that shared his name
He heard the children cheering "Barney" and felt a love that he desired

Hey Barney, do they have cable where you are?
And could you please send us a postcard so we know that you're okay?
And Barney, love, do you have your hats where you are?
And do they have a lighthouse to guide your way?

High up on a radio tower
He said a six pack and a pizza were enough to talk him down
On a rainy Wednesday, released from jail with a gift of orange shoes
He smoked his first cigarette in weeks and saw the trees had bloomed

Living down on Murfreesboro Road
In an apartment where his postcards lined the walls
He had pictures of his daughters and a grandson he'd never met
He'd tell them all goodnight before he slept

Hey Barney, do they have cable where you are?
And could you please send us a postcard so we know that you're okay?
And Barney, love, do you have your hats where you are?
And do they have a lighthouse to guide your way?