There's a house with no door and I'm living there
At nights it gets so cold
And the days are hard to bear inside.
There's a house with no roof, so the rain creeps in,
Falling through my head as I try to think out time.
I don't know you, you say you know me,
That may be so,
There's so much that I am unsure of
You call my name, but it sounds unreal,
I forget how I feel, my body's rejecting the cure.

There's a house with no bell, but then nobody calls;
I sometimes find it hard to tell
If any are alive at all outside.
There's a house with no sound; yes, it's quiet there
There's not much point in words
If there's no-one to share in time.
I've learned my lines, I know them so well,
I am ready to tell
Whoever will finally come in
Of the line in my mind that's cold in the night,
It doesn't seem right
When there's that little dark figure running

There's a house with no door
And there's no living there
One day it became a wall
Well I didn't really care at the time.
There's a house with no light,
All the windows are sealed,
Overtaxed and strained now nothing is revealed but time
I don't know you, you say you know me,
That may be so,
There's so much that I am unsure of
You call my name, but it sounds unreal,
I forget how I feel,
My body's rejecting the cure
Won't somebody help me?


Lyrics submitted by inpraiseoffolly

House With No Door Lyrics as written by Peter Hammill

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

House With No Door song meanings
Add Your Thoughts

3 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    My Interpretation

    Peter Hammill is one of the greatest, if not THE greatest lyricist this world has seen or will ever see in my personal opinion. This song touches on basically everything I've gone through my life one point or another so I feel obligated to break it down in my my own interpretation. This song( like many VDGG songs) carries themes of: isolation(self imposed and not), depression, loneliness, desperation to feel something, alienation, detachment, and lastly complete and utter despair and helplessness.

    The first stanza, particularly up to impromptu "chorus", talks of a house with no door, and the conditions this "house"(person) is in. It's cold at night, and the days are hard to bare, there's no roof so the the rain(loneliness) creeps in. This is very on par with general feelings of depression.

    "Falling through my head as I try to think out time", the narrator is trying to figure out what his next actions should be dealing with his conditions.

    "I don't know you, you say you know me, That may be so, There's so much that I am unsure of" I interpret this as someone who's isolated, is surprised someone cares or acknowledges him.

    "You call my name, but it sounds unreal, I forget how I feel, my body's rejecting the cure", they're battling for their grip on reality, they don't know how they feel, if they feel anything at all and they try to get help or help themselves but it never works.

    "There's a house with no bell, but then nobody calls; I sometimes find it hard to tell If any are alive at all outside" No one tries to talk with them or acknowledge them anymore and it makes them feel as though they truly are alone.

    "There's a house with no sound; yes, it's quiet there, There's not much point in words, If there's no-one to share in time" The narrator finds little reason in talking if no one listens or can relate to their conditions.

    "I've learned my lines, I know them so well, I am ready to tell, Whoever will finally come in, Of the line in my mind that's cold in the night, It doesn't seem right, When there's that little dark figure running" The narrator has in his mind has planned what he will say when someone who comes into his life who will understand and relate to him. But, they're not sure even that person, granted they find him or vice versa, would fully grasp his situation.

    "There's a house with no door, And there's no living there, One day it became a wall, Well I didn't really care at the time." The wall of isolation or detachment from the rest of the world becomes more prevalent and the narrator realizes it.

    "There's a house with no light, All the windows are sealed, Overtaxed and strained now nothing is revealed but time" Pent up emotions and stress are built up. They don't want to tell anything to anyone.

    "I don't know you, you say you know me, That may be so,There's so much that I am unsure of, You call my name, but it sounds unreal, I forget how I feel, My body's rejecting the cure, Won't somebody help me?" Repeating what was said earlier, as to emphasize how uncertain they are of anything going on in their lives. Outright saying "won't somebody help me" out of desperation.

    I hope this helps anyone or anyone can relate to this interpretation. Thanks for reading.

    sluguztalabveranton January 17, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    One of the more depressing songs of the 70s, not surprisingly since the song gives a vivid picture of the world of someone suffering from clinical depression - the despair and alienation are brought to life so poignantly by the poetic lyrics

    AlanOldieon July 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song is really beautiful in a sad way...

    ledtheater9on September 22, 2009   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

More Featured Meanings

Album art
Fast Car
Tracy Chapman
"Fast car" is kind of a continuation of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run." It has all the clawing your way to a better life, but in this case the protagonist never makes it with her love; in fact she is dragged back down by him. There is still an amazing amount of hope and will in the lyrics; and the lyrics themselve rank and easy five. If only music was stronger it would be one of those great radio songs that you hear once a week 20 years after it was released. The imagery is almost tear-jerking ("City lights lay out before us", "Speeds so fast felt like I was drunk"), and the idea of starting from nothing and just driving and working and denigrating yourself for a chance at being just above poverty, then losing in the end is just painful and inspiring at the same time.
Album art
The Night We Met
Lord Huron
This is a hauntingly beautiful song about introspection, specifically about looking back at a relationship that started bad and ended so poorly, that the narrator wants to go back to the very beginning and tell himself to not even travel down that road. I believe that the relationship started poorly because of the lines: "Take me back to the night we met:When the night was full of terrors: And your eyes were filled with tears: When you had not touched me yet" So, the first night was not a great start, but the narrator pursued the relationship and eventually both overcame the rough start to fall in love with each other: "I had all and then most of you" Like many relationships that turn sour, it was not a quick decline, but a gradual one where the narrator and their partner fall out of love and gradually grow apart "Some and now none of you" Losing someone who was once everything in your world, who you could confide in, tell your secrets to, share all the most intimate parts of your life, to being strangers with that person is probably one of the most painful experiences a person can go through. So Painful, the narrator wants to go back in time and tell himself to not even pursue the relationship. This was the perfect song for "13 Reasons Why"
Album art
Just A Little Lovin'
Dusty Springfield
I don't think it's necessarily about sex. It's about wanting to start the day with some love and affection. Maybe a warm cuddle. I'm not alone in interpreting it that way! For example: "'Just a Little Lovin’ is a timeless country song originally recorded by Eddy Arnold in 1954. The song, written by Eddie Miller and Jimmy Campbell, explores the delicate nuances of love and showcases Arnold’s emotive vocals. It delves into the universal theme of love and how even the smallest gesture of affection can have a profound impact on our lives." https://oldtimemusic.com/the-meaning-behind-the-song-just-a-little-lovin-by-eddy-arnold/
Album art
Head > Heels
Ed Sheeran
“Head > Heels” is a track that aims to capture what it feels like to experience romance that exceeds expectations. Ed Sheeran dedicates his album outro to a lover who has blessed him with a unique experience that he seeks to describe through the song’s nuanced lyrics.
Album art
Page
Ed Sheeran
There aren’t many things that’ll hurt more than giving love a chance against your better judgement only to have your heart crushed yet again. Ed Sheeran tells such a story on “Page.” On this track, he is devastated to have lost his lover and even more saddened by the feeling that he may never move on from this.