"This House Is Not for Sale" as written by and Ryan Adams....
Tell them that the house is not for sale
We're still living here
How come nobody can tell?
They're taking all the furniture
Moving our things
Come on little honey, put your head on my knee
Tell them that the house is not for sale

And calm down.
Calm down.

Do you remember when we even bought this thing?
I danced you across the wooden floor
And you signed the lease
What happened in the car that night?
What happened in the car that night?
Tell them that the house is not for sale
Calm down.

Tell them that the house is not for sale
We can grab a couple sheets and give them quite a scare
I remember lying on the bedroom floor
You were holding me honey, shaking my soul
Tell them that the house is not for sale
And Calm down

Calm down


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"This House Is Not for Sale" as written by Ryan Adams

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  • +1
    General CommentAbout a couple that bought a house together then died in a car accident.

    Paging Beetlejuice!
    heidi effin fleisson September 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"About a couple that bought a house together then died in a car accident"

    Yes that's true I think! I remember reading an interview with Ryan somewhere and he did say this song was from the perspective of two people who had died and were ghosts in the house, and reading the lyrics back, Ryan's explanation makes sense. But as with any song, the lyrics can also be interpreted in another way.

    Anyway I love this song, one of my favourite Ryan tracks. There really isn't many of his songs that I don't like to be honest.
    sarahspaceyon November 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDid anybody ever see the film "Betelguese"?
    It sounds very much to me like the plot of that film.
    "What happened in the car that night?"
    "We can grab a couple sheets and give them quite a scare "
    Sound familiar?
    Big Ton January 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"We could grab a couple sheets and give them quite a scare
    I remember lying on the bedroom floor
    You were holding me honey, KISSING my soul"
    My favourite part of this masterpiece.
    The Iconoclaston May 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGimme a break.

    I feel like this is a song about loss, about losing someone and the feeling (or the knowledge...) of not being able to do anything about it.

    I'd recommend anyone to download it btw, it's a sad and melancholic song, but a truly great one too.
    angelsflyon October 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsounds like a drug bust to me. ??
    lauraleyeon November 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's a metaphor for a very large emotional investment. She's in a panic over the magnitude, the commitment, and is ready to run off. But he's obviously trying to keep them together, a last ditch effort to hold onto the memories. "What happened in the car that night?" is not her death, but rather a reference to their first time (I wouldn't put it past Ryan to be dirty and sad at the same time).

    For me, this song strikes up imagery from "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
    davidecoyoteon November 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRight, so the couple dies in a car accident. Then, they're haunting their old house and someone comes to buy it and they want to stop them because it's THEIR house... but they can't do anything because their helpless in the afterlife... absolutely heartbreaking...
    GentleDogson February 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRyan has said, I think that his inspiration for this song was Beetlejuice
    RyDogg66on April 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol Ochikanobee, if that was a joke, it was a real good one.
    angelsflyon December 26, 2005   Link

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