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Songs About Homes and Houses

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Songs About Homes and Houses

What's your favorite song about homes?

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Coming up with songs that have the word home or houses in the lyrics (or title) was more difficult than I had imagined. Some songs are about going home, others are about the house itself. Each song also contains a link to all the lyrics, in case you aren't already humming the tune in your head.

Some of these songs about homes and houses date from around the early 20th Century, and some were made popular by an artist or a band other than the songwriter. Where possible, I have also included the name of the album where the song first appeared. I've tried to make this information as correct as possible, but if you find an error, please let me know.

I have selected 10 of my top favorites and included them in a poll at the end of this article. If you would like to vote for your favorite song, scroll to the end. You can choose only one song, but you can also view results.

Here are songs about homes and houses, in no particular order:

Pink Houses

  • Songwriter: John Cougar Mellencamp
  • Year: 1984
  • Artist: John Mellencamp
  • Album: Uh-Huh
  • Lyrics you may remember: "Ain't that America, home of the free; little pink houses for you and me."

Little Boxes

  • Songwriter: Malvina Reynolds
  • Year: 1961
  • Artist: Pete Seeger, 1963
  • Album: We Shall Overcome
  • Lyrics you may remember: "Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky-tacky."

Two of Us

  • Songwriter: John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  • Year: 1969
  • Artist: The Beatles
  • Album: Let It Be
  • Lyrics you may remember: "Two of us riding nowhere, spending someone's hard earned pay."

Take Me Home, Country Roads

  • Songwriter: John Denver, Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert
  • Year: 1971
  • Artist: John Denver
  • Album: Poems, Prayers and Promises
  • Lyrics you may remember: "Almost heaven, West Virginia, Blue Ridge mountains, Shenandoah River."

Burning Down the House

  • Songwriter: David Byrne
  • Year: 1983
  • Artist: Talking Heads
  • Album: Speaking in Tongues
  • Lyrics you may remember: "Hold tight, wait till the party's over; hold tight, we're in for nasty weather."

Homeward Bound

  • Songwriter: Paul Simon
  • Year: 1966
  • Artist: Simon and Garfunkel
  • Album: Sounds of Silence
  • Lyrics you may remember: "I'm sitting in the railway station, got a ticket for my destination."

500 Miles

  • Songwriter: Hedy West
  • Year: 1962
  • Artist: Peter, Paul and Mary
  • Album: Peter, Paul and Mary (first album)
  • Lyrics you may remember: "If you miss the train I'm on, you will know that I am gone; you can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles."

Ain't Got No Home

  • Songwriter: Woody Guthrie
  • Year: 1938
  • Artist: Woody Guthrie
  • Album: Released on various albums
  • Lyrics you may remember: "And I ain't got no home in this world anymore."

Can't Find My Way Home

  • Songwriter: Steve Winwood
  • Year: 1969
  • Artist: Blind Faith
  • Album: Blind Faith
  • Lyrics you may remember: "Come down off your throne and leave your body alone."

Home on the Range

  • Songwriter: Dr. Brewster Higley
  • Year: 1876
  • Artist: Many over the years
  • Album: Various albums (it is the official state song of Kansas)
  • Lyrics you may remember: "Home, home on the range, where the deer and the antelope play."

(Won't You Come Home) Bill Bailey

  • Songwriter: Hughie Cannon
  • Year: 1902
  • Artist: Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Brenda Lee
  • Album: Assorted
  • Lyrics you may remember: "Won't you come home, Bill Bailey, won't you come home?"

Green, Green Grass of Home

  • Songwriter: Claude Putnam
  • Year: 1965
  • Artist: Tom Jones in 1967
  • Album: Green, Green Grass of Home
  • Lyrics you may remember: "The old home town looks the same as I step down from the train, and there to meet me is my Mama and Papa."

Our House

  • Songwriter: Graham Nash
  • Year: 1970
  • Artist: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
  • Album: Deja Vu
  • Lyrics you may remember: "Our house is a very, very fine house, with two cats in the yard."

House Where Nobody Lives

  • Songwriter: Tom Waits
  • Year: 1999
  • Artist: Tom Waits
  • Album:
  • Lyrics you may remember: "Without love it ain't nothin', but a house, a house where nobody lives."

California

  • Songwriter: Joni Mitchell
  • Year: 1971
  • Artist: Joni Mitchell
  • Album: Blue
  • Lyrics you may remember: "I’m going to see the folks I dig; I’ll even kiss a sunset pig -- California, I’m coming home."

Poll: Which Home Song Is Your Favorite?

If you'd like to suggest a song title for this piece, go to the Forum Board and click on the folder under general discussions for the thread about Homes in Songs. I'm always open to more suggestions.

At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, DRE # 00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

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