From the album Where I Belong

Vocal and guitar: Lauren Heintz
Written by Michael C. Mann, Lauren Heintz

Lyrics

I was only six, my brother three or four
When our parents quit their jobs and bought the hardware store
A dream come true for dad, a blue-collar mechanic
My mom, she blessed this work, and for us this place was magic

Chorus:
They stocked their dreams along the shelves
At night they'd count the till together
We'd play pirates in the aisles
With paper bags of nails for treasure
Rockets made of pipe
Cardboard shields and wooden swords
Our childhood was exciting at the
Big time adventure and small town hardware store

We spent a lot of time among the bins of bolts and tools
We would hide and seek each other, sometimes bend our parents rules
They tried to make a living, we explored the shop's frontiers
We were cowboys, cops and robbers, astronauts and buccaneers.

(chorus)

Too many years have passed since I last walked thru that store
So I drove to take a look but there were chains up on the doors
Then peeking in the window in the emptiness I saw
The shadows of two people dancing on the dusty floor

(chorus)

Rockets made from pipe
Cardboard shields and wooden swords
Our childhood was exciting at the
Big time adventure and small town hardware store