"Country House" as written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Steven Alexander James and David Rowntree....
City dweller, successful fella thought to himself
Oops I've got a lot of money
Caught in a rat race terminally
I'm a professional cynic but my heart's not in it
I'm payin' the price of livin' life at the limit
Caught up in the century's anxiety
Yes, it preys on him
He's gettin' thin, try the simple life

He lives in a house
A very big house in the country
Watchin' afternoon repeats
And the food he eats in the country
He takes all manner of pills
And piles up analyst bills in the country
Oh, it's like an animal farm
That's the rural charm in the country

He's got morning glory and life's a different story
Everything's going jackanory
Touched with his own mortality
He's reading Balzac, knocking back Prozac
It's a helping hand that makes you feel wonderfully blind
Oh, it's a century's remedy
For the faint at heart
A new start, try the simple life

He lives in a house
A very big house in the country
He's got a fog in his chest
So he needs a lot of rest in the country
He doesn't drink, smoke, laugh
Takes herbal baths in the country
You should come to no harm
On the animal farm in the country
In the country, in the country, in the country

Blow, blow me out, I am so sad, I don't know why
Blow, blow me out, I am so sad, I don't know why

Oh he lives in a house
A very big house in the country
Watchin' afternoon repeats
And the food he eats in the country
He takes all manner of pills
And piles up analyst bills in the country
Oh, it's like an animal farm
That's the rural charm in the country

Oh he lives in a house
A very big house in the country
He's got a fog in his chest
So he needs a lot of rest in the country
He doesn't drink, smoke, laugh
Takes herbal baths in the country
You should come to no harm
On the animal farm in the country


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by ShaiJDM, Pommeu

"Country House" as written by David Rowntree Steven Alexander James

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  • +5
    General CommentYeah i agree that it doesnt need much analysis, but i would like to add that this song came about after blur's manager had made enough money out of them and left
    Darth_woodyon June 08, 2004   Link
  • +5
    General Comment"Jackanory" is cockney rhyming slang. It means "story".
    DM2Kon February 08, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General CommentJackanory, possibly from the old English poem:

    I'll tell you a story
    about Jack-a-nory;
    and now my story's begun.
    I'll tell you another
    'bout Jack and his brother;
    and now my story is done.

    Anyhow, great song, lots of fun. The meaning is pretty self-exp, but I love the chorus and the clever rhymes.
    Banana Republicon December 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNoelly G, I take jackanory to mean "story" in this instance. "Everything's going jackanory" is another way of saying everything is going by the book (i.e. everything is going according to plan).

    also cf. The Kinks - "House in the Country"
    gson February 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYES! While I am a huge fan of both Oasis and Blur, The fact that Country House beat Roll With it in one of the biggest chart battles ever was absolutely brilliant.
    propheton September 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPretty damn good song. Doesn't need much analysis, I think it says what it means pretty well.
    Weasealon April 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy first ever Blur Song.... I JUST LOVE IT! And the lead singer looks really cute in the vid...
    piper_@_the_gates_on June 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat does "jackanory" mean?
    amelieleeon January 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Jackanory" is also a name of an old TV programme, I think you'll find.
    "He's got morning glory, and life's a different story, everything's going 'story'" doesn't really fit?
    I expect it to be that TV programme on about 40 year ago.
    NoellyGon February 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust a thought here... but that rhyming slang stuff plays up pop-culture right?.. so Jackanory could be the tv programme.. and it would rhyme with Hunky-Dory as in Everything's going Hunky-dory?

    Or am I the only one who uses hunky-dory as okey-dokey?

    oh well.
    SavageMadroxon July 05, 2005   Link

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