Hosanna
Harry Belafonte Lyrics


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Hosanna me built a house, oh
Hosanna me built a house, oh
Hosanna me built a house, oh
Hosanna me built a house, oh

House built on a weak foundation
Will not stand oh no
Stoics stall thru all creation
Will not stand oh no
House built on a weak foundation
Will not stand oh no
Stoics stall thru all creation
Will not stand oh no

Hosanna, well come wash it down
Sun come burn it up
Storm come blow it down
This house could never be
This house could never be
It would be weak you see

House built on a weak foundation
Will not stand oh no
Stoics stall thru all creation
Will not stand oh no

Hosanna me built a house, oh
Hosanna me built a house, oh
Hosanna me built a house, oh
Hosanna me built a house, oh

House built on a rock foundation
It will stand oh yes
Stoics stall thru all creation
It will stand oh yes

Hosanna, well come wash on it
Sun come shine on it
Storm can't blow it down
This house will always be
This house will always be
It will be strong you see

Hosanna me built a house, oh
Hosanna me built a house, oh




Hosanna me built a house, oh
Hosanna me built a house, oh

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Harry Belafonte's "Hosanna" suggest a message of the importance of a strong and solid foundation. The first verses argue that building a house on a weak foundation will lead to its collapse. The lyrics imply that it doesn't matter how beautiful or well-built a structure may be, if its foundation is weak, it will not withstand the elements of nature or the test of time.


In the second part of the song, Belafonte suggests that building on a rock foundation will ensure the house stands strong indefinitely. He suggests that one can weather the storms of life, come what may if they have a strong foundation that will stand the test of time. This analogy is similar to life and relationships as these must be built on solid foundations to stand the test of time.


The repetition of the phrase "Hosanna me built a house, oh" reinforces the message of the song as it embodies the metaphor, which allows the listener to reflect on their lives and relationships possibly reevaluating the strength of their foundations.


Overall, the song's lyrics are simple yet powerful, providing a lesson on the importance of strength in both a physical building and metaphorical relationships.


Line by Line Meaning

Hosanna me built a house, oh
I have built a house, oh


House built on a weak foundation Will not stand oh no Stoics stall thru all creation Will not stand oh no
A house built on a weak foundation will not survive and will crumble easily. Even if it appears to stand for a while, it will eventually fall apart, much like the stubborn who resist change and progress.


Hosanna, well come wash it down Sun come burn it up Storm come blow it down This house could never be This house could never be It would be weak you see
If washed by water, burned by the sun, or blown down by a storm, a house built on a weak foundation will not survive. It will always be weak, unable to withstand the elements and susceptible to outside forces.


House built on a rock foundation It will stand oh yes Stoics stall thru all creation It will stand oh yes
In contrast, a house built on a solid rock foundation will stand strong and endure. Just as those who embrace change and progress will persist through all trials and tribulations.


Hosanna, well come wash on it Sun come shine on it Storm can't blow it down This house will always be This house will always be It will be strong you see
This rock-solid house will survive everything, being steadfast even in the face of adversity. It will always be strong and ready, ensuring its longevity.


Hosanna me built a house, oh
I have built a house, oh


Hosanna me built a house, oh
I have built a house, oh


Hosanna me built a house, oh
I have built a house, oh


Hosanna me built a house, oh
I have built a house, oh




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: IRVING BURGIE, WILLIAM ATTAWAY

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@abhilaashkumar7672

Hosanna I built a house, oh
Hosanna I built a house, oh
Hosanna I built a house, oh
Hosanna I built a house, oh

House built on a weak foundation
Will not stand oh no
Story is told thru all creation
Will not stand oh no
House built on a weak foundation
Will not stand oh no
Story is told thru all creation
Will not stand oh no

Hosanna, rain come wash it down
Sun come burn it up
Storm come blow it down
This house could never be
This house could never be
It would be weak you see

House built on a weak foundation
Will not stand oh no
Story is told thru all creation
Will not stand oh no

Hosanna I built a house, oh
Hosanna I built a house, oh
Hosanna I built a house, oh
Hosanna I built a house, oh

House built on a rock foundation
It will stand oh yes
Story is told thru all creation
It will stand oh yes

Hosanna, rain come wash on it
Sun come shine on it
Storm can't blow it down
This house will always be
This house will always be
It will be strong you see

Hosanna I built a house, oh
Hosanna I built a house, oh
Hosanna I built a house, oh
Hosanna I built a house, oh

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All comments from YouTube:

@mrs.g.9816

I've always loved this song! I used to hear the whole album played on my Mom's Hi-Fi when I was a little girl. I love the men's and women's voices and the drums and guitar. I get chills of pleasure when I hear it

@askaligna

I used to play this on an old record player in school

@paulgleitman7096

Magnificent!!!!
From the great album “Calypso “ ,1956.
Irving Burgie’s fingerprints throughout.
Each song was a hit.
Belafonte ? A giant , a legend
G- d bless him !!!

@anupamdey7309

One of the best creations by legendary singer Belafonte.

@SharmishthaBasu

Another awesome number.

@durandanne-john6621

Le plus hot de tous les crooners. Écoutez son interprétation de certains standards du King et vous resterez totalement scotché !

@mattthomas7520

best music teacher mrs.previti she loves this song cannon road rocks

@ProletariatPrince

Those high notes at the end... Wow.

@eddasimon1427

Beautful🌹❤️🍀

@doveman44f

Love this song .... So nostalgic

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