From the recording When You Are Five

This one is a true story. A repressed memory that came back in full color from the year when Don was 5 years old. A Fire raged near a very small country town, where no fire department, or public services existed. Neighbors did the best they could, but the song tells the rest of the story.


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Lyrics

When you are Five
Don McNatt

The whole house was on fire

All the windows were lit

They said they got everybody out, that they were going to get

They said Old Mr Anderson, he must have slept through it all

He never felt those flames, and he’s gone now

And That’s All

CHORUS _________________________________________________
But I saw I saw him in that window

He was trying to break free

And I yelled and I screamed, “ Somebody please help him!”

But nobody would hear me

And I felt like Mr Anderson, Nobody knew we were alive

Nobody pays attention, when you’re old, or when you’re Five_________

My whole heart was on fire
And I’ll never forget
The sight of that little white farmhouse
And the night sky that it lit

CHORUS

After that, I didn’t trust many people that were over four feet high
Just knew they didn’t trust me, and I didn’t know why
And I felt like Mr Anderson, nobody knew we were alive
Nobody pays attention, when you’re old, or when you’re 5 CHORUS