I Don't Wanna Play House

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"I Don't Wanna Play House"
Single by Tammy Wynette
from the album Take Me to Your World / I Don't Wanna Play House
B-side "Soakin' Wet"
Released July 1967
Genre Country
Length 2:38
Label Epic
Writer(s) Billy Sherrill
Glenn Sutton
Producer(s) Billy Sherrill
Tammy Wynette singles chronology
"Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad"
"I Don't Wanna Play House"
"Take Me to Your World"
"I Don't Wanna Play House"
Single by Connie Francis
B-side Am I Blue
Released August 1968
Genre Country
Length 3:05
Label MGM Records
Writer(s) Billy Sherrill
Glenn Sutton
Producer(s) Bobby Russel
Buzz Cason
Connie Francis singles chronology
"Somebody Else Is Taking My Place"
"I Don't Wanna Play House"
"The Wedding Cake"

"I Don't Wanna Play House" is a song written by Billy Sherrill and Glenn Sutton. In 1967, the song was Tammy Wynette's first number one country song as a solo artist. "I Don't Wanna Play House" spent three weeks at the top spot and a total of eighteen weeks on the chart.[1] The recording earned Wynette the 1968 Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.


In the song, the narrator, a young mother whose husband has left her, overhears her daughter describing to a neighbor boy their broken home, and informing him that she doesn't want to play house since, after observing her parents' troubles, she knows that it cannot be fun.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 3
U.K. Singles Chart 37

Cover Versions[edit]

Connie Francis released a cover version of the song in August 1968. It peaked at # 40 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Charts.[2] Lynn Anderson covered the song in 1970 on her album Rose Garden.

Loretta Lynn covered the song on her 1968 album, Fist City.

Barbara Ray recorded a version that was a top 10 hit in Australia in 1973. It was ranked as the No. 2 song for that year in Australia.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 399. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 97. 

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Preceded by
"Turn the World Around"
by Eddy Arnold
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

October 14-October 28, 1967
Succeeded by
"You Mean the World to Me"
by David Houston