A Cottage for Sale

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"A Cottage for Sale"
Cottage for sale cover.jpg
Version of song as recorded by Julie London
Song by The Revelers
Published 1929
Composer(s) Willard Robison
Lyricist(s) Larry Conley
Recorded by Frank Sinatra, Tiny Tim, Nat King Cole, Vic Dickenson, Dinah Washington, Jackie Gleason, Coleman Hawkins, Jack Hylton, Ruth Etting, Little Willie John, Johnny Mathis, Julie London, Peggy Lee, Teresa Brewer, Holly Cole.

"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...[5]


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

1930: Victor vocal quartet The Revelers

1930: Ruth Etting

1930: Grey Gull Studio Dance Band with vocalist Jack Parker (Piccadilly 616 / 3990-B)

1957: Nat King Cole ("Let's Fall In Love" album)

1958: Tony Bennett with Frank De Vol and his Orchestra ("Long Ago And Far Away" album).

1959: Frank Sinatra ("No One Cares" album).

1960: Billy Eckstine ("Once more with feeling" album).

2005: Les Deux Love Orchestra ("King Kong" album, featuring Bobby Woods on vocals and Page Cavanaugh on piano).

Chuck Berry sings the song, accompanied by electric guitar and Johnnie Johnson on piano, in an intimate moment during rehearsal (at a rehearsal lounge on Berry's property) in his concert film Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll.

Bette McLaurin ("The Masquerade Is Over" album)

Teresa Brewer

Holly Cole

Vic Dickenson

Bill Farrell (also in "Lush Life" album)

Jackie Gleason

Jack Hylton

Frankie Laine

Peggy Lee

Little Willie John

Julie London

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

Della Reese

Tiny Tim

Mel Torme

Dinah Washington


  1. ^ Cf. website dedicated to Larry Conley
  2. ^ "New Songs of Larry Conley". 2010. 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