Elephant in the Room

Patterson Barrett
Patterson Barrett


We've all been in this situation: a conversation that avoids a particularly difficult subject that seems too large to ignore.

Jim Lauderdale sings harmony, Jon Hahn plays drums; anything else is of my own hand.


Elephant in the Room (3:07)

--Patterson Barrett ©2017 (BMI) Criminal Tunes


How you been lately, I thought maybe

We could get together soon

The conversation starts to bloom

 But there’s an elephant in the room

Things left unsaid

Are those flowers dead?


Emotional gumbo, there sits Jumbo

The big fellow’s sure working hard

The conversation could get hot

Is there an elephant or is there not?


Believe me when I say

It’s best to keep things gray


Talk about baggage, there’s a whole lot of junk in that trunk

You know what they say about loose lips, and we don’t want to get sunk


Elephants carry a heavy load

You don’t want to be here when it explodes

‘Cause it will take lots more than a broom

To get all of the elephant out of this room

We don’t want to clear the air

It’s more than we can bear

So we embrace the Pachyderm

And keep our friendship firm