"I Was In The House When The House Burned Down" as written by and Warren Zevon....
(Warren Zevon)
I had the shit till it all got smoked
I kept the promise till the vow got broke
I had to drink from the lovin' cup
I stood on the banks till the river rose up
I saw the bride in her wedding gown
I was in the house when the house burned down

I may be old and I may be bent
But I had the money till it all got spent
I had the money till they made me pay
Then I had the sense to be on my way
I had to stay in the underground
I was in the house when the house burned down

I was in the house when the house burned down
I met the man with the thorny crown
I helped Him carry his cross through town
I was in the house when the house burned down

I was in the house when the house burned down
I met the man with the thorny crown
I helped Him carry his cross through town
I was in the house when the house burned down

I had the shit till it all got smoked
I kept the promise till the vow got broke
I had to drink from the lovin' cup
I stood on the banks till the river rose up
I saw the bride in her wedding gown
I was in the house when the house burned down






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"I Was in the House When the House Burned Down" as written by Warren Zevon

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  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics are

    "I kept the promise ‘til the vow got broke"
    and
    "I met the man with the thorny crown"
    hakimikeon February 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA great piece.
    I discovered this song shortly after Mr. Zevons' passing, and it quickly joined such greats as "Lawyers, Guns, & Money", "Seminole Bingo", and "Mr. Bad Example" in my hit list of favorites.
    Major Valoron July 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great track, and i think the best representation in his catalogue of his penchant for lyrics about the aftermath of a sex and drugs rock lifestyle. even his earliest songs reflect the tired manicness of a rock star at the end of a career, cleaning up after himself and anticipating death. you'll not find a better example than this track.
    scumbagstyleon February 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo note:
    Warren Zevon died of Mesothelioma, the cause of which was not determined to have anything to do with his (numerous) excesses.

    He did die early, but he lived much longer than his prognosis initially gave him.
    Major Valoron July 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA few notes: Warren said this song was written for his friend David Crosby, as already noted it's vow not valve (hehe, scuze me while I kiss this guy.. anyone) and it considered a bad omen to see the bride in her wedding gown. So this is could be considered a survivors song.
    darnflooron December 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, it was for David Crosby, and I think Crosby actually performed it in one of his concerts.
    TheThornBirdson March 18, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThe lyrics are

    "I kept the promise ‘til the vow got broke"
    and
    "I met the man with the thorny crown"
    hakimikeon February 28, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General Commentsorry, to continue, consider songs like "Burning Down the House" in which the rock lifestyle is glorified and danced to. This song is like, "Yeah, you think that's swell, think about it. you're likely to be caught in the house you're burning down." which Warren was. because of his rock excesses his life was spent in and out of rehab, and he died at an early age.
    scumbagstyleon February 07, 2007   Link

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