Our House (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song)

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This article is about the song performed by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. For the song with the same title, see Our House (Madness song).
"Our House"
Single by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
from the album Déjà Vu
Released September, 1970
Format single
Recorded 1969
Genre Baroque pop, piano rock
Length 2:59
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Graham Nash
Producer(s) Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young singles chronology
"Ohio"
(1970)
"Our House"
(1970)

"Our House" is a song written by British singer-songwriter Graham Nash and recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young on their 1970 album Déjà Vu. The single reached #30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It refers to Nash's time of living with Joni Mitchell while recording both Crosby, Stills & Nash and Déjà Vu.

Graham Nash shares the story behind the song in an audio interview [1] recorded in conjunction with Michael Walker's book Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll's Legendary Neighborhood [2] "...once you walked into that front door, everything disappeared ...and then I started to think, you know, God, that's an incredibly domestic scene, you know, here we are, Joni Mitchell and Graham Nash, and I'm, you know, put flowers in the vase and light the fire and stuff, and I thought, but you know, I love this woman, and this moment is a very grounded moment... in our relationship, and... I sat down at the piano and, an hour later, 'Our House' was done."

In a 2013 interview with Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air," Nash elaborated on how he came to write the song: “Well, it's an ordinary moment. What happened is that Joni [Mitchell] and I - I don't know whether you know anything about Los Angeles, but on Ventura Boulevard in the Valley, there's a very famous deli called Art's Deli. And we'd been to breakfast there. We're going to get into Jon's car, and we pass an antique store. And we're looking in the window, and she saw a very beautiful vase that she wanted to buy. . . . I persuaded her to buy this vase. It wasn't very expensive, and we took it home. It was a very grey, kind of sleety, drizzly L.A. morning. And we got to the house in Laurel Canyon, and I said - got through the front door and I said, you know what? I'll light a fire. Why don't you put some flowers in that vase that you just bought? Well, she was in the garden getting flowers. That meant she was not at her piano, but I was. . . . And an hour later ‘Our House’ was born, out of an incredibly ordinary moment that many, many people have experienced.”[3]

In his interview with Terry Gross, Nash also talked about the song itself: "GROSS: So talk about the harmonies on this recording. NASH: It's me and David [Crosby] and Stephen [Stills] doing our best. That's all we ever do. You know, we're lucky enough to be able to do, you know, anything that we want to do, musically. And, you know, these two guys are incredible musicians. Crosby is one of the most unique musicians I know, and Stephen Stills has got this blues-based, South American kind of feeling to his music. And I'm this, you know, Henry VIII guy from England. . . . You know, it's not supposed to work, but it does, somehow."[4]

The song has been covered by a number of artists, including Helen Reddy, The Onyx, Phantom Planet, Sheena Easton, Kidsongs and Sharon, Lois & Bram. It was also used as a commercial jingle for Eckrich sausage in the 1980s, and has appeared in various television shows and films, most notably in the Only Fools and Horses 1996 Christmas special, "Time on Our Hands", which was watched by 24.3 million viewers when it was broadcast in the UK. The song was featured in the fifth season of How I Met Your Mother in an episode entitled Home Wreckers. It also appeared as a cover in a 2013 Target commercial for their "Threshold" brand for house and home.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.laurelcanyonthebook.com/wp-content/uploads/LC-Nash.house.mp3
  2. ^ Laurel Canyon » Audio Interviews
  3. ^ "Graham Nash Has 'Wild Tales' To Spare". NPR Music. 2013-10-15. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  4. ^ "Graham Nash Has 'Wild Tales' To Spare". NPR Music. 2013-10-15. Retrieved 2014-05-26.