I would rather not go
Back to the old house
I would rather not go
Back to the old house
There's too many bad memories
Too many memories there

When you cycled by
Here began all my dreams
The saddest thing I've ever seen
And you never knew
How much I really liked you
Because I never even told you
Oh, and I meant to
Are you still there or have you moved away?
Or have you moved away?

I would love to go
Back to the old house
But I never will
I never will
I never will

Lyrics submitted by Idan, edited by Mellow_Harsher

Back to the Old House Lyrics as written by Johnny Marr Steven Morrissey

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  • +7
    General Commentit's about holding a strong connection to one person..

    ..in the start of the song he states that he obviously does not want to revisit the place of bad past memories..

    ..then he gets into the thought of this one person, making it seem like he/she was the only comfort he really had over there.. and this thought of them is strong enough to actually make him want to go back just to see if they're still there..

    ..but inside he knows he could never conjure up the strength to actually do it.. althought he would want to, just for this one person
    xpsychicheartsxon June 02, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthis song in sense can be very sad, yes.

    but really, i have never ever thought a smiths song was sad. beautiful yes. but never sad or depressing. just morbidly humorous.
    smothermemotheron October 11, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHaving mixed feelings about your past, whether you want to revisit them or not. and thinking about someone you had feelings for and wishing you would have told them and if that person still lives there or moved away. A very sad song.
    KILBYon March 05, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI know that many Smith tunes are melancholic or whatever but this one is just too much. There are no uplifting guitar parts to make it bearable either. The whole thing is sad...to be reserved for sad break-ups, death and other serious issues.
    tonester34on April 02, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentive been to the house of the boy i once loved, and il never go back again. its a shame but i dream about him from time to time. but il never go back to the old house
    Loves_young_dreamon November 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI heard the acoustic version from hoh first and it's spoiled the electric one for me really.

    Hey, you guys from the 'this charming man' page! There's a bicycle on this one as well!
    Boss Manon July 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is literally the saddest song i've ever heard.
    Foreverdelayedon December 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentoh morrissey... so many missed opportunities. i feel ya, brotha
    gochnatiaon November 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've had similar feelings about someone from my past. It may be a universal experience.

    The electric version was the B-side of the 7-inch single of "What Difference Does It Make" (the 12-inch also included "These Things Take Time").

    Many of the songs on Louder than Bombs were collected from earlier singles. Though I think it might be a US-only compilation, while in the UK the Smiths' singles compilation was called The World Won't Listen (with similar but not identical tracks, and a different running order).

    I still regret selling (for pre-eBay-era prices) all those precious 12-inches I had, after I'd bought Louder than Bombs on CD. "How Soon is Now" sounded great on 12-inch vinyl. (Having put it on the B-side of "William It Was Really Nothing", Rough Trade evidently didn't anticipate what a defining moment for the band that track would be.)
    foreverdroneon November 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song comes across to me as one of the only songs by The Smiths that Morrissey sings in a completely sincere way, without a hint of sarcasm. I think it is beautiful and one of their most moving songs. I prefer the Hatful of Hollow version.
    charlesobscureon September 26, 2014   Link

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