This Old House

artist: Statler Brothers 1966





This Old House

by: the Statler Brothers

Songwriter: Stuart Hamblen

written and published in 1954

Note: Hamblen was supposedly out on a hunting expedition when he and his fellow hunter,
actor John Wayne, came across a hut in the mountains. Inside was the body of a man, ,
and the man's dog was still there, guarding the building. This inspired Hamblen to write ,
"This Ole House". The lyric picks up a standard Gospel theme of the "old house",
- the mortal body - being left behind when the believer goes to "meet the saints".


I 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 door

Ain't got time to oil the hinges nor to mingle the window panes

I ain't gonna need this house no longer I'm gettin' ready to meet the saints

This ole house once I knew my children this house once I knew my wife

This ole house was joy and comfort as we fought the storms of life

This ole house once rang with laughter this ole house heard many a shouts

Now she trembles in the darkness oh when the lightnin' walks about

I ain't a gonna need this house no longer...

[ piano ]

Now my old hound 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 gowl 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
I ain't a gonna need this house no longer...

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