Houses Are Just Made Of Wood

I know, I know. I keep writing about Tom Waits lately. But there are so few artists like him – artists with an absolutely unique vision and voice (literally and metaphorically), and integrity. The music, the words, the singing… it adds up to something absolutely magical and beautiful.

Currently I am really amazed and touched by House Where Nobody Lives. Here is the end of the song, which always brings tears to my eyes:

Once it held laughter
Once it held dreams
Did they throw it away
Did they know what it means
Did someone’s heart break
Or did someone do somebody wrong?

So if you find someone
Someone to have, someone to hold
Don’t trade it for silver
Don’t trade it for gold
Cause I have all of life’s treasures
And they’re fine and they’re good
They remind me that houses
Are just made of wood
What makes a house grand
Ain’t the roof or the doors
If there’s love in a house
It’s a palace for sure

Without love…
It ain’t nothin but a house
A house where nobody lives
Without love it ain’t nothin
But a house, a house where nobody lives.

It’s a shame there isn’t a really good version on YouTube. So you’ll just have to buy Mule Variations. Go ahead. You won’t regret it.

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  1. Museum's Guard

     /  July 14, 2009

    The message is very true. Eventually you’ll make me start listening to Waits…