Lost Music: Sneaking Up On Boo Radley (Bruce Hornsby)

Remembering Forgotten Songs

Bruce Hornsby

Sneaking Up On Boo Radley

Crawl up the back steps 
Up to the back door 
Reach up in the dark 
Turn the handle a little more 
Open up real slow 
So the door won't creak 
Look ahead, look behind 
Don't shuffle your feet 

Hey - They say he's crazy, they say he's gone 
We play our tricks, make up funny songs 
Sneaking around, feeling badly 
Sneaking up on Boo Radley 

Hear the caterpillar crawl 
Hear the bedbugs bite 
Hear the crickets scream 
All the sounds of the night 
Hear the sound of footprints 
On the ground I think I see 
Don't step on the lightning bugs 
Watch the crack in your knees 

They say he's crazy, they say he's gone 
We play our tricks, make up funny songs 
Sneaking around, feeling badly 
Sneaking up on Boo Radley 

They say he's funny, got a loose screw 
Stay away, he's a threat to you 
Give him a break, what do we know 
Might turn out we would like him so 
We fear what we just don't know 

I heard he served a long time ago 
Saw some things we'll never know 
We laugh and sneak around in the night 
Fun and games but I know it's not right 

Both scared and fascinated 
Ignorant we castigate him 
Both scared and fascinated 
Ignorant we flagellate him 

They say he's crazy, they say he's gone 
We play our tricks, make up funny songs 
Down the street, walking sadly 
My little sister, loves him madly 
I'm feeling like the Man From Gladly 
Sneaking up on Boo Radley 
Sneaking up on Boo Radley

 

Sneaking Up On Boo Radley is a track on Bruce Hornsby's Spirit Trail album.  The song was obviously inspired by Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird. One of the things I like the most about this particular track is that Hornsby employs some tasty imagery featuring the kids creeping around the Radley house, trying to catch a brief glimpse of the mysterious Boo Radley.


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