Song Lyric Sunday: “Our House”

I love this song too much to try and pick something a little more obscure. Jim’s prompt for today is “Floor/House/Roof/Walls” and my choice is “Our House” by the British band Madness. Written by band members Chris Foreman and Cathal Smyth, it was on their 1982 album The Rise & Fall and became a Top 10 hit internationally, including #7 in the US.

Lyrics from MetroLyrics:

Father wears his Sunday best
Mother’s tired she needs a rest
The kids are playing up downstairs
Sister’s sighing in her sleep
Brother’s got a date to keep
He can’t hang around

Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our

Our house it has a crowd
There’s always something happening
And it’s usually quite loud
Our mum she’s so house-proud
Nothing ever slows her down
And a mess is not allowed

Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our …
Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our …

Father gets up late for work
Mother has to iron his shirt
Then she sends the kids to school
Sees them off with a small kiss
She’s the one they’re going to miss
In lots of ways

Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our …

I remember way back then when everything was true and when
We would have such a very good time such a fine time
Such a happy time
And I remember how we’d play simply waste the day away
Then we’d say nothing would come between us two dreamers

Father wears his Sunday best
Mother’s tired she needs a rest
The kids are playing up downstairs
Sister’s sighing in her sleep
Brother’s got a date to keep
He can’t hang around

Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our …
Our house, was our castle and our keep
Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, that was where we used to sleep
Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our street

That’s Song Lyric Sunday for September 15, 2019.

26 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “Our House”

  1. I mentioned this on someone else’s blog but my brother loved this song. I even bought him the 12″ extended mix but he never listened to it. He was more into tapes!

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    1. A lot of people have forsaken their turntables and cassette decks (and even their CD players) in favor of streaming and downloading MP3’s. I know I have. Tapes are making a comeback, though. Maybe he can record off the 12-incher to a cassette…

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  2. Hi John – Madness came into my consciousness in 2012 – when they played at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in front of Buckingham Palace … loved it! Musically I pass … but they’ve caught my imagination – cheers Hilary

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