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This Old House
19-JUL-2007 IMG_110844

This Old House


Written by Stuart Hamblen
Performed by Rosemary Clooney (1954)

This ole house once knew his children
This ole house once knew his wife
This ole house was home and comfort
As they fought the storms of life
This old house once rang with laughter
This old house heard many shouts
Now he trembles in the darkness
When the lightnin' walks about

CHORUS:
Ain't a-gonna need this house no longer
Ain't a-gonna need this house no more
Ain't got time to fix the shingles
Ain't got time to fix the floor
Ain't got time to oil the hinges
Nor to mend the windowpane
Ain't a-gonna need this house no longer
He's a-gettin' ready to meet the saints

This ole house is a-gettin' shaky
This ole house is a-gettin' old
This ole house lets in the rain
This ole house lets in the cold
On his knees I'm gettin' chilly
But he feel no fear nor pain
'Cause he see an angel peekin'
Through a broken windowpane
CHORUS

This ole house is afraid of thunder
This ole house is afraid of storms
This ole house just groans and trembles
When the night wind flings its arms
This ole house is gettin' feeble
This old house is needin' paint
Just like him it's tuckered out
But he's a-gettin' ready to meet the saints
CHORUS

This ole house dog lies a-sleepin'
He don't know I'm gonna leave
Else he'd wake up by the fireplace
And he'd sit there and howl and grieve
But my huntin' days are over
Ain't gonna hunt the coon no more
Gabriel done brought in my chariot
When the wind blew down the door
CHORUS

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lornatyson25-Jul-2007 20:09
Never knew this version, just 'Shakin stevens' version! If the door was green you could have two in one! Great shot and entry.
Michael Todd Thorpe25-Jul-2007 15:07
A beautiful shot, Ray... love the color and compostion. Popped up on the pbase splash page!
virginiacoastline20-Jul-2007 15:27
drat . . .as soon as I saw this, I remembered a GREEN door just down the street . . . shoulda done that!! Remember THAT old song???
Dave Wixx20-Jul-2007 14:49
A great collection of colour and textures. Excellent shot.
Norbert Fortelny20-Jul-2007 13:51
Another good one. Many angles to this theme!
Fong Lam20-Jul-2007 12:39
Love the vibrant colors......
Dave Hein20-Jul-2007 09:04
An image rich in color matched by a song rich in meaning.
Carolyn Rasmussen20-Jul-2007 06:12
Perfect shot for the song. V
Tim van Woensel20-Jul-2007 05:30
Very nice!
Linda Willets20-Jul-2007 04:44
love it.. vote
Johnny Rasmussen20-Jul-2007 04:02
Great shot and interpretation! V
Jen Bixler20-Jul-2007 01:21
I would have taken that door...it is awesome. What a shot. Love it.
Sheila20-Jul-2007 00:49
Excellent image for this great song.
David Royall20-Jul-2007 00:00
Great story-telling.
Roe..20-Jul-2007 00:00
so full of emotion..I want to cry..
Cindi Smith19-Jul-2007 23:33
Love the song and this is one of those great shots!
k_grqst19-Jul-2007 23:12
Wonderful. Love the vibrancy of the door- even with its deterioration.
Jola Dziubinska19-Jul-2007 23:11
Impressive, well seen.
LeeG19-Jul-2007 22:58
The Old and decaying and the fresh and beautiful. Great scene!
David Barrett19-Jul-2007 22:48
Nice entry,Ray,I will get round to fixing that door!!:0)
David Estall19-Jul-2007 22:05
Another great shot Ray!
Guest 19-Jul-2007 21:33
Gorgeous colors. Beautiful image!!
Julie Hatvany19-Jul-2007 21:31
I really like he image. Song is before my time ;)
Adalberto Tiburzi19-Jul-2007 21:31
All those waves of grey tinned band au lieu of window panes... sad yet beautiful.
Adal
Ann LT19-Jul-2007 21:01
I love Rosemary Clooney too and George isn't so bad. LOL
All the elements go so so well together here.
laine8219-Jul-2007 20:37
Love Rosemary...but love her nephew better ;>))
Enny19-Jul-2007 20:11
love it, image and song.
Rose Atkinson19-Jul-2007 20:11
Great interpretation Ray !
Dan Chusid19-Jul-2007 20:09
Certainly before my time but with some new paint
that door could be swinging again!
Guest 19-Jul-2007 19:54
this is perfect Ray! well done
Chris(tine)19-Jul-2007 19:50
Great song and another great shot. Chris
nordic19-Jul-2007 19:40
Cracking shot... You know, I thought you were a spitting image of old "shaky"
Zak19-Jul-2007 19:31
this old house is a very very very fine house.
faye white19-Jul-2007 19:25
excellent find and song
Ed Goodnight19-Jul-2007 19:24
well done Ray
Haven't heard that in a few years
Lee Rudd19-Jul-2007 19:20
what a gorgeous place to find!!!!
shatterbug19-Jul-2007 19:15
Wonderful decay...that red door is great!
Johnny JAG19-Jul-2007 19:11
It looks a bit shaky.
Carole Stevens19-Jul-2007 19:05
Great find and that song gave me nothing but nick-names when I was at school,with his name Shaking Stevens lol!
Ann...19-Jul-2007 19:01
Just brilliant Ray - love it
Nicki Thurgar19-Jul-2007 19:01
Love this.. the old red door amongst the new green ferns.. great entry Ray!
Bruce Little19-Jul-2007 18:56
Ha! Lee 1 - Bruce 1. I guessed the title from the thumbnail. Excellent shot (although being a youngster I only remember Shakin' Stevens's version....)