Normal History Vol. 356: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 32-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

“When You Build A House Without Doors”
I built a house without doors
and ended up on the outside
when I’d sunk the final nail

On the outside, on the inside, on this side

I built a ladder without steps
To climb up to the window I’d set too high

On the outside, on the inside, on this side

I made a shovel to burrow down and in
I shaped the metal to a point and hit solid rock

On the outside, on the inside, on this side

I tired to peel back the wall with a crowbar
Wrecking what I thought I’d finished

On the outside, on the inside, on this side

When you build a house without doors
I ended up on the outside

“When You Build A House Without Doors” from the album The Eagle And The Poodle (Matador, 1996) (download):