Halloween songs no. 8: Agent Orange – “This House Is Haunted” (Alice Cooper)

This House Is Haunted-Whistling Past the GraveyardI actually had no idea this was an Alice Cooper song until I looked up the lyrics. I thought it was an original. I got it at an Agent Orange show a couple years ago when they were opening for the Misfits. They cover (I now realize) this and Tom Waits’ “Whistlin’ Past the Graveyard”. AO have a bunch of cover songs in their discography, but they’re mostly of the surf variety, AO being one of the originators of the “surf punk” style. Anyway, I decided to stick with their cover because the Alice Cooper original (from his 2003 album The Eyes of Alice Cooper) is a slow ballad and I prefer the more rocking version.

I was sitting in my room, dark and gray and crying
Someone in my life, I fear, was at the point of dying
A cold wind blew right up my spine; it was the break of dawn
A little voice way deep inside told me she was gone

Oh, this house is haunted
Oh, that`s how I want it to be
Oh, this house is haunted
You can always stay here with me

No more singing, no more laughing, no more sunny days
She left and took the colors with her, buried in her grave
This is where we climbed the tower, this is where she fell
Then when her young heart stopped beating, I went to hell

Oh, this house is haunted
Oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh, this house is haunted
Oh, oh-oh-oh-oh

You float through the living room, I watch my TV
I feel you sit down on the couch right here next to me
Then I feel your lips touch mine just like we used to do
I’m so happy all alone being here with you


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