A Cottage for Sale

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"A Cottage for Sale"
Song by The Revelers
Published 1929
Composer(s) Willard Robison
Lyricist(s) Larry Conley

"A Cottage for Sale" is a popular song. The music was composed by Willard Robison, and the lyrics were written by Larry Conley.[1] The song was first published in 1929,[2] and over 100 performers have recorded versions of "A Cottage for Sale."[3] The first versions of the song were released by The Revelers in January 1930 and Bernie Cummins with the New Yorker Orchestra in March 1930.[4]

Lyrics and Themes[edit]

The song uses an empty cottage as a metaphor of a failed relationship or the end of a long relationship perhaps in death.

Our little dream castle
With every dream gone
Is lonely and silent
The shades are all drawn
And my heart is heavy
As I gaze upon
A cottage for sale
The lawn we were proud of
Is waving in hay
Our beautiful garden has
Withered away.
Where we planted roses
The weeds seem to say...
A cottage for sale
Through every window
I see your face
But when I reach that window
There's empty space
The key's in the mailbox
The same as before
But no one is waiting for me anymore
The end of our story
Is there on the door
A cottage for sale. [5]


The song has become a standard, with artists from a variety of genres creating many notable recordings. A partial list follows:

Bette McLaurin ("The Masquerade Is Over" album)

Teresa Brewer

Holly Cole

Vic Dickenson

Billy Eckstine

Bill Farrell (also in "Lush Life" album)

Jackie Gleason

Jack Hylton

Frankie Laine

Peggy Lee

Little Willie John

Johnny Mathis ("Isn't It Romantic: The Standards Album")

Della Reese

Tiny Tim

Mel Torme

Dinah Washington

James Brown


  1. ^ Cf. website dedicated to Larry Conley
  2. ^ "New Songs of Larry Conley". 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-01-23. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  3. ^ "Willard Robison - Biography". Billboard. 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  4. ^ "Victor 22000 - 22500". 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  5. ^ The Sinatra recording