Living in a House Divided

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"Living In A House Divided"
Single by Cher
from the album Foxy Lady
B-side "One Honest Man"
Released 1972
Recorded 1972
Genre Pop
Length 2:57
Label MCA
Writer(s) Tom Bahler
Producer(s) Snuff Garrett
Cher singles chronology
"The Way of Love"
(1972)
"Living In A House Divided"
(1972)
"Don't Hide Your Love"
(1972)
Alternative cover

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"Living in a House Divided" is a song released by Cher as the first single released from the album Foxy Lady. The song's lyrics discuss the separation of a couple. It peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[1] It reached number 21 on the Cash Box chart. "Living in a House Divided" was a Top 20 hit in Canada. The song did, however, fail to reach the success of "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves", despite the fact that this was also the first single to be lifted from a Cher album.

The song is a rather poignant descriptor of Cher's marriage to then-husband, Sonny. Due to Cher's feelings of resentment over Sonny's control of both her life and her career, their marriage soured. They divorced two years after this song became a hit.

"Living in a House Divided" closely parallels I've Lost You, a Top 40 hit describing the break-up of yet another supercouple, Elvis and Priscilla Presley. The couples were contemporary, both together approximately 10 years, with Sonny and Elvis each being more than 10 years older than their wives. The songs were released less than two years apart, charted similarly, and foretold the struggles that the famous couples were facing.

Allmusic editor Joe Viglione noted that this song stands the test of time.[2]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 22
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 2
Cash Box Chart 21
Canadian Singles Chart 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 54. 
  2. ^ Review by Joe Viglione of Allmusic Retrieved 18 October, 2013

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