Save This House

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Save This House
Studio album by Spirit of the West
Released 1990
Recorded 1989
Genre Folk
Length 57:42
Label Warner Music Canada
Producer Danny Greenspoon
Spirit of the West chronology
Old Material 1984-1986
Save This House
Go Figure
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Save This House is a 1990 album by Spirit of the West.

It was the band's first album for Warner Music Canada, and their first with Linda McRae. Although still a relatively traditional folk album, its release on a major label meant that it was the band's first album to expand their fan base significantly beyond the folk music scene. The title track, an energetically percussive environmental anthem, was a notable hit for the band on campus radio. However, despite earning a platinum record, the album was not a mainstream commercial breakthrough; the band would achieve that with its next album, 1991's Go Figure.

The album's best-known song, however, is "Home for a Rest". While never a mainstream chart hit for the band, it has become by far their most famous song. Its joyous Pogues-like rhythm and lyrics about a drinking spree have made it an enduring frosh week anthem at Canadian colleges and universities. In 2005, "Home for a Rest" was also named the 22nd greatest Canadian song of all time on CBC Radio One's 50 Tracks: The Canadian Version.

The band toured Canada and Great Britain in support of this album. Their British tour was as a supporting act for The Wonder Stuff. Members of Spirit of the West appeared on that band's Welcome to the Cheap Seats EP.

CD track listing[edit]

  1. "Save This House" – 2:53
  2. "Home for a Rest" – 4:33
  3. "Last to Know" – 6:24
  4. "Roadside Attraction" – 3:03
  5. "Dirty Pool" – 3:30
  6. "Not Just a Train" – 4:18
  7. "(Putting Up With) The Joneses" – 4:25
  8. "Turned Out Lies" – 3:43
  9. "Sentimental Side" – 4:06
  10. "Water in the Well" – 4:03
  11. "Wrecking Ball" – 3:39
  12. "Loaded Minds" – 4:51
  13. "Swingin' Single" – 4:55
  14. "The Old Sod" – 3:19

LP track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Save This House" – 2:53
  2. "Home for a Rest" – 4:33
  3. "Last to Know" – 6:24
  4. "Roadside Attraction" – 3:03
  5. "Dirty Pool" – 3:30

Side two[edit]

  1. "Not Just a Train" – 4:18
  2. "(Putting Up With) The Joneses" – 4:25
  3. "Wrecking Ball" – 3:39
  4. "Swingin' Single" – 4:55
  5. "The Old Sod" – 3:19


  1. ^ Kaups, Robert. "Save This House - Spirit of the West : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". Retrieved 16 June 2012.