Nothing in the paper, nothing on the radio
Seen the black smoke rising, heard the wind moan low
I seen the people coming, a long line of cars stretching past
Something’s gone wrong in Houston
Everybody trying to get out fast

Heard the dogs howling, heard the black cat scream
Dreamed I was another man, living in another man’s dream
If I could see your face, I might look you in the eye
Something’s gone wrong in Houston
I just sit and wonder why

Mama sang the old songs, Daddy sang the blues
Sister ran off with a travelin man, figured she had nothing to lose
Maybe she was right
I’ve seen none of them in years
Something’s gone wrong in Houston
No time to cry them tears

Whisky won’t remember what you can’t forget
When this bottle’s empty it’ll be just like we never met
But I can feel the tremble of the earth beneath my feet
Something’s gone wrong in Houston
(That’s a thing you can’t repeat)

First time I saw him he was just a kid
Last time I saw him he kept his face well hid
I’m writing you this letter in case I can’t be found
Something’s gone wrong in Houston
And that’s where I’m bound

Goldfish keep swimming round and round his bowl
That clock keeps ticking off the hours that it stole
If I could change my life, what good would it do?
Something’s gone wrong in Houston
It don’t matter what else is true