This Ole House
Rosemary Clooney Lyrics


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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

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 are a-gettin' chilly
But he feel no fear or pain
'Cause he see an angel peekin'
Through a broken windowpane

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 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

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
ready to meet the saints

Overall Meaning

The song "This Ole House" was released by Rosemary Clooney in 1954, and it was written by Stuart Hamblen. The lyrics describe an old house that was once home to a family, where they fought through the storms of life and created fond memories. However, as time passed, the house became shaky, feeble, and old, and the family is no longer there to care for it. The old house is afraid of thunder, storms, and lightning, and it groans and trembles at night. The song suggests that the old man who lives in the house is getting ready to meet the saints, which implies that he may be close to death.


The song's lyrics can be interpreted in several ways. On one level, the lyrics can be seen as a metaphor for the passing of time and the impermanence of life. The old house represents the memories and experiences of life that we accumulate over time, which become less important as we near our end. It suggests that as we face the end of our lives, material possessions become less important than love, family, and spirituality.


On another level, the lyrics can be seen as a commentary on the changing nature of society. The old house once held a family, and it was a place of stability and comfort. However, as society changes rapidly, the old values and traditions are being eroded, leaving people feeling shaky and uncertain. The lyrics suggest that people need to focus on the things that matter in life, such as family, love, and spirituality, rather than material possessions.


Line by Line Meaning

This ole house once knew his children
This house was once a home where the children of its owner grew up


This ole house once knew his wife
The owner of this house once lived here with his wife


This ole house was home and comfort
This house provided both shelter and comfort to its owner and his family


As they fought the storms of life
This house was a refuge from the challenges and hardships of life


This old house once rang with laughter
This house was once filled with the joyous sound of laughter and happiness


This old house heard many shouts
This house was witness to many lively and spirited conversations


Now he trembles in the darkness
This house is now old and decrepit, and its structure is unstable


When the lightnin' walks about
During a storm, this house trembles and shakes in fear


Ain't a-gonna need this house no longer
The owner of this house is no longer in need of it


Ain't a-gonna need this house no more
This house has served its purpose and is no longer necessary


Ain't got time to fix the shingles
There is no time to repair the damage to the roof of this house


Ain't got time to fix the floor
There is no time to repair the damage to the floor of this house


Ain't got time to oil the hinges
There is no time to oil the hinges of the doors in this house


Nor to mend the windowpane
There is no time to repair the broken windowpane in this house


He's a-gettin' ready to meet the saints
The owner of this house is preparing to leave this life and move on to the next


This ole house is a-gettin' shaky
This house is now in a state of disrepair and instability


This ole house is a-gettin' old
This house has aged over time and is now past its prime


This ole house lets in the rain
This house has leaks and allows rainwater to enter


This ole house lets in the cold
This house is poorly insulated and allows cold air to enter


On his knees are a-gettin' chilly
The owner of this house is on his knees and they are becoming cold and numb


But he feel no fear or pain
The owner of this house is not afraid or in pain


'Cause he see an angel peekin'
The owner of this house sees a vision of an angel through a broken windowpane


Just like him it's tuckered out
This house, like its owner, is tired and worn out


This ole house is afraid of thunder
This house is scared of loud noises and trembles during thunderstorms


This ole house is afraid of storms
This house is scared of storms because of its unstable structure


This ole house just groans and trembles
This house makes creaking and shaking sounds during storms


When the night wind flings its arms
High winds during storms cause this house to shake and tremble




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Stuart Hamblen

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Comments from YouTube:

@Shadow2084

Oh the memories. I remember my grandmother singing this song to me when I was about 4-5 years old. I love it and I loved her. I'm now 62 years young.

@ROCKIN-AL

Shaking Steven's had a #1 with this in 1981, but you can't beat the original

@aubreyross99

My grandpa loved Rosemary Clooney, I know all her songs from heart, he died from cancer a year ago and I’m so glad these are on YouTube to take me back to when I was a kid, singing and laughing with him. Thank you for sharing these!

@larrymessinger8686

I don't know why I suddenly decided to look this beautiful old song up. My parents did not have much money in the 1950's, but they bought this single 45 RPM song and I remember playing it over and over again as a child on my record player. And over the years we have lived in a couple of these as well.

@lancasterritzyescargotdine2602

This song began life as a gospel song written and recorded by Stuart Hamblen on Decca. When Columbia got hold of it, they axed Hamblen's final verse, deciding it was "too offensive" for mainstream music audiences. Clooney took it where it's remembered today as one of her best-sellers.

@Ramblin-Man

https://youtu.be/0EI8WleptUc
Swedish version from 1964 (the guy just died today, aged 90, and it's a classic here...he was also an actor, and was in one of Stellan Skarsgård's Swedish movies some 40 years ago): https://youtu.be/OUgiJ9dDT_Q

@trishamason1855

For some reason my mother really loved this song. Now it reminds me of her having gone to meet the saints. When I was a little kid I thought this was about moving to a new house, literally. I didn't understand the deeper meaning. It was just fun to hear my mother sing along, she had a beautiful voice. I miss you, mom.

@stephenmcguire7801

I hear you. Growing up in the 50s, my Mom loved this song as did the family. Great song to ease middle America into Rock 'n' Roll.

@AlwaysOnWatch2

I fell in love with this song, especially that ragtime piano, in October 1954, when we were on vacation in West Virginia. Hurricane Hazel forced us to shelter in place at a diner with a juke box. The diner's owner finally set the tune to play over and over again while I danced next to the juke box.

@harrietharris956

My dad sang this in 1954 when my parents sold their very old, very small house.  I hope to sell my own forty-three-year-old house soon, and the song jumped into my brain.

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