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By Ruth @ Trulia | Mortgage Broker
or Lender in New York, NY

Songs about houses

Songs about housesI was going to make a super long “real estate mix” using songs about houses, homes, places, etc. When I went looking for material, I found far too many relevant songs! It doesn’t surprise me, considering the idea of a home or the meaning of a house makes for great songwriting material. The whole concept of “home” was too broad to include in this post narrowed the list below down to songs about houses.

Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUgKb-5u6v4
This is among my favorite Eno/Byrne (okay, and Weymouth and Harrison) songs. It’s also one of the most fun performances to watch on the “Stop Making Sense” DVD. Byrne smacks himself in the head, convulses, shakes...
“And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack. And you may find yourself in another part of the world. And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile. And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife. And you may ask yourself: Well, how did I get here?”

Talking Heads – Burning Down the House
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ozc70JPGRMQ
A fun, famous song by my favorite band.
“Hold tight, we’re in for nasty weather. There has got to be a way! Burning down the house…”

Madness – Our House
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEdZrV0j6zM
Typical. But I had to include it.
“Our house, in the middle of the street…” Blah, blah, blah, etc.

The Animals – House of the Rising Sun
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBGXwX-TdTY
This folksong has been covered by everyone from Bob Dylan to Nina Simone but I included this 1964 version because it’s the most well known. There are many different opinions about the “house” in this song; just check out this Wikipedia entry.
“There’s a house in New Orleans. They call it the Rising Sun…”

Malvina Reynolds – Little Boxes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4KfJztaJ5I
This song is probably best known now as the theme for Showtime’s hit show “Weeds” about a drug dealing suburban mom.
“Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky tacky…”

The Commodores - Brick House
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrBx6mAWYPU
Okay, Lionel’s not really signing about a house but this song is just so funky, I had to include it.
“She’s a brick house; mighty, mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out…”

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young – Our House
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDpHpbllByg
A classic folk rock number from CSNY.
“Our house is a very, very fine house, with two cats in the yard, life used to be so hard…”

Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP-kOhGLROI
An instantly recognizable Zep tune with an absolutely unforgettable intro.
“From the houses of the holy, we can watch the white doves go...”

Radiohead – Life in a Glass House
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXO9KUaI8KM
This is one of my personal favorites off Amnesiac. I especially adore the wind instruments.
“Once again, I’m in trouble with my old friend. She is paper in the window pane, she is putting on a smile, living in a glass house…”


I'm sure I'm missing some good ones... Any music lovers out there want to help me complete my list?

Comments

By Emily Erekuff,  Thu Sep 25 2008, 15:09
Great post Ruth. Some of these songs really take me back - thanks for including the video links!
By Nicholas Letourneau,  Thu Sep 25 2008, 15:26
Roxy Music - In Every Dream Home A Heartache
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3D2JSBxjzI

Especially considering the current market.

"Standards of living
They're rising daily
But home oh sweet home
It's only a saying"
By Dan Hang,  Thu Sep 25 2008, 15:30
Good ones, Ruth! Here are a few more that I like:
Pink Houses - John Mellancamp - His version of Born in the USA. Good stuff.
Country House - Blur - Awesome song about burning out on city life.
House of Cards - Radiohead - not a bad tune from their most recent album.
Little House - The Fray - these guys are due for a new album.
The Well and the Lighthouse - Arcade Fire - okay, maybe lighthouse is a stretch, but a very good song.
My Father's House - Bruce Springsteen - from Nebraska, one of the Boss's best but underappreciated albums.
By Jamie,  Fri Sep 26 2008, 12:20
Home, Home on the Raaaange. Where the deer and the antelope....

anyway you know my fave is Talking Heads (Burning down the House ((fist pump, fist pump!))
By Jamie,  Fri Sep 26 2008, 12:21
Why is it that "She's a brick house" reminds me of a skinny white guy? (you know who I'm talking about)
By Trulia Roger,  Fri Sep 26 2008, 12:59
There's a cute Keb Mo house about his misadventures buying a house in California. It's appropriately titled "House in California".

http://music.yahoo.com/track/2094509

None of the following is literally about houses:

Various songs titled Come Into My House, by Allure, Queen Latifah and others.

http://www.mtv.com/lyrics/allure/come_into_my_house/1216366/lyrics.jhtml

Metallica has The House That Jack Built

http://music.yahoo.com/track/1116038

Joe Satriani has House Full of Bullets

http://music.yahoo.com/track/1372264
By Ruth @ Trulia,  Fri Sep 26 2008, 13:16
Wow! See what I mean? It's a whole can o' worms!
By Trulia Roger,  Fri Sep 26 2008, 13:57
How about songs about worms :)
By rockinblu,  Sun Sep 28 2008, 06:57
Stevie Ray Vaughn-- The House is a Rockin'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qKd2s74obU

Elvis Presley - Baby Let's Play House

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI97stLQLdw

George Thorogood & The Destroyers - House of Blue Lights

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQWDkp5mqg8
By Pierre Calzadilla,  Tue Sep 30 2008, 12:51
Great post, love this list. We must have a trulia christmas CD now, lol.
By Pierre Calzadilla,  Mon Oct 13 2008, 10:31
Does Sweet "Home" Alabama count?
By Rudy Bachraty,  Mon Oct 13 2008, 11:53
I'll House You - Jungle Brothers!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdzwx0Pf8Uo
By Vincent,  Mon Oct 13 2008, 19:08
Great post, how about a trulia house warming CD? =P
A few more for the list:

Mama, I'm Coming Home - Ozzy Osbourne
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GZlJr1c48k

Run's House - Run D.M.C
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgJTREb_jWc

Red House - Jimi Hendrix
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjOQ9r35uiU



By Rudy Bachraty,  Mon Oct 13 2008, 19:26
Ok, hands down, here are two of my favorites:

Home - Chris Daughtry - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8A2FaHhc3c&feature=related

Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BBlWxkwJtU

They are in heavy rotation on my mac as we speak :)

Love this post Ruthie.

Thanks to everyone for sharing...

By Sheila Calhoun,  Mon Oct 20 2008, 09:23
Heard this at the gym today: My New House, by Sonic Youth.
By Melanie Wilkinson,  Wed Feb 26 2014, 14:41
"Who Say's You Can't Go Home" Jon Bon Jovi with Jennifer Nettles

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