Album: Déjà Vu (1970)
Charted: 30
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Songfacts®:

  • Graham Nash wrote this sentimental tune about the house he shared with Joni Mitchell in LA's Laurel Canyon around 1969. It's not often you hear a young rock star celebrating domestic bliss, but Nash was very happy living with Mitchell, who often served as his muse.

    Mitchell inspired songs not just by Nash, but also by his bandmate David Crosby, her lover from a few years earlier. Mitchell also wrote their song "Woodstock" and created the painting used on their 1974 compilation album So Far.

    During the time when Nash was working on this song and others for the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young album Deja Vu, Mitchell was working on her seminal Ladies Of The Canyon. Both albums were released in 1970.
  • According to Nash, the lyrics are true to life and a "portrait of our life together." They really did have two cats in the yard along with a fireplace.
  • Biographer Dave Zimmer shared what Graham Nash told him about the song in the 2007 CSN&Y Historian's interview: "He once told me: 'The time that Joni and I were living together was really interesting, because I had left my band [The Hollies] successfully, I had left my country [England] successfully, I had been accepted here [Los Angeles, California], and I was feeling great. And Joni was feeling great, too; she had started to realize who she was and the fantastic work she was doing. She was painting and designing her second album cover, doing that self-portrait. And I remember being totally in awe of her. She'd go and make some supper and come down and we'd be eating, then she'd all of a sudden space out, go to the piano ... to see her sit down and write 'Rainy Night House' and all those other things was just mind blowing.'" >>
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  • In the earliest live performances of the song, Nash would introduce it as being "about my woman." He never used Mitchell's name, though.
  • According to Graham Nash's biography Wild Tales, a famous line in this song had a very specific inspiration. He and Joni Mitchell went to an antiques store and she picked out a vase. When they got home, Nash said, "I'll light the fire while you place the flowers in the vase that you bought today." He stopped dead in his tracks and went immediately to the piano.
  • "Our House" was the last single from the Déjà Vu album, their first with Neil Young in the group. It's a landmark album, so successful it kept up demand for the group even though they were largely inactive over the next few years. The first single was "Woodstock," about the festival where they made their mark. Next was the Graham Nash composition "Teach Your Children," which was climbing the charts when Neil Young came up with the song "Ohio" in response to the Kent State Shootings. That song was rush released in June 1970 as a standalone single. After it faded from the charts, "Our House" was released as a single, reaching its US chart peak of #30 in October.

    The band didn't return to action until 1974 when they launched the first stadium tour in rock history. They couldn't muster an album, though, and the follow-up to Déjà Vu didn't appear until 1977 when they issued CSN, this time without Young.
  • When Nash sings about the cosy room where the windows are illuminated with "fiery gems for you," he's referring to Mitchell's collection of multicolored glass in the window that would catch the light.
  • This was used in '80s TV spots for Eckrich sausage and the Pacific Bell telephone company.
  • Movies to use this song include:

    The Strawberry Statement (1970)
    My Girl 2 (1994)
    Bye Bye Love (1995)
    Your Mother Should Know (2018)

    TV shows to use it include:

    Cheers ("Dinner at Eight-ish" - 1987)
    The King of Queens ("Mama Cast" - 2006)
    How I Met Your Mother ("Home Wreckers" - 2010)
    The Blacklist ("Marvin Gerard (No. 80)" - (2015)

Comments: 11

  • Cindy from Bedford PaIt's simple, but perfectly embodies domestic bliss, contentment in love and security.
  • Michael from Sydney AustraliaThose lines - "life used to be so hard, now everything is easy cos of you" - get me. I guess most of us have had a hard life, and the love that can make things easy is very attractive. Funny how different songs really 'get' different people. This song 'gets' me. "La la la la la la..." sublime harmonies too.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 6th 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young performed in their first United Kingdom concert when they played the Royal Albert Hall in London, England...
    They played a nineteen song set; and opened the concert with with a covered version of the Beatles' "Black Bird"...
    And later in 1970 on May 31st the quartet's 'Déjà Vu'* album would peak at #5 on the United Kingdom Top Albums chart...
    * They played four songs from the album; "Teach Your Children", "Our House", "Country Girl", and "Helpless".
  • Esskayess from Dallas, TxI always mentally paired this song with Seals and Crofts' Summer Breeze.'
  • Wess from Moorhead, Mnwhat can u say. great song, great band
  • Sandra from New York, NyThere is an episode of Cheers where Lilith plays this song on the piano on Frasier joins in.
  • Randy from Houghton Lake, MiI thought this was a stupid song until I found out that a teacher that I had a crush on when I was in the 11th grade liked it. So, I've liked it ever since.
  • Rick from Alamo, TxFrazier Crane and Diane Chambers sing this song on an episode of cheers. That's where i first heard it.
  • Camp from Manoa, , Pamitchell's nickname for nash is "willie"
  • James from Yucaipa, CaMy favorite song by c,s,n & y.Im surprised it only peaked @ # 30 in 1970.Beautiful song.11/16/07
  • Matt from Winnipeg, CanadaThe song creates images of a utopian fantasy - a loving relationship, a nice home, and overall stability. This sets the song apart from other CSNY songs, which are often about the hippie era, counter-culture, and searching for oneself.
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