You Reel Me In

from by Penelope Houston

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words and music by Penelope Houston
© 2012 Doctor PP Music (BMI)

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Once I ran off
Like a virgin to the altar
With flowers in my hair I walked
Like a little lamb to slaughter
Like the baby pig they fed me
Just to make me fatter
Come Sunday at dinner time
See me stretched out on a platter

They reeled me in
They reeled me in
With the sweet old words that never fail
He reeled me in
He reeled me in
Promising marriage, he delivered me to jail

I was all set up
In my pretty little prison
I had years to think about
The flaws in my decision
I was ready for the moment
When the door would be left open
You crossed my path right then
Maybe more than I was hoping

You reel me in
You reel me in
Who placed the hooks? Who handed you the strings
You reel me in
You reel me in
Piercing my heart like a hundred rings

Dug my way out of that prison
But I’m still down on all fours
My closest friends tell me
That they see his face in yours
If I had the time back
And the ten years to live over
Would I pick flowers for my hair
Would I still roll in the clover
Should I harden my heart
Should I tear out all those rings
If you’re walking away from me, boy
You’ve got to let go of the strings

You reel me in
You reel me in
With the sweet old words that never fail
You reel me in
You reel me in
Promise some kind of love, now you’re driving in the nail
You reel me in
You reel me in
Who placed the hooks?
Who handed you the strings
You reel me in
You reel me in
Piercing my heart like a hundred rings

If you’re walking away from me, boy
You’ve got to let go of the strings

credits

from On Market Street, released January 27, 2012
Penelope Houston - vocals
Pat Johnson - guitar, vocals
Dawn Richardson - drums
Alec Palao - bass
Danny Eisenberg - B-3
Michael Papenburg - guitar

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