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This Old House/When The Saints Go Marching In
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By Stewart Hamblin / Katherine E. Purvis, James M. Black

Verse 1
This old house once knew my children,
This old house once knew my wife.
This old house was a home and comfort,
When I fought the storms of life.
This old house once rang with laughter,
This old house heard many shouts,
Now she trembles in the darkness,
When the lightnin' walks about.

Chorus
Ain't a gonna need this house no longer,
Ain't a gonna need this house no more.
Ain't got time to fix the shingles,
Ain't got time to fix the floor.
Ain't got time to oil the hinges,
Nor to mend the window pane;
Ain't a gonna need this house no longer,
I'm a getting ready to meet the saints.

Verse 2
This old house is getting shaky,
This old house is getting old.
This old house lets in the rain
And this old house lets in the cold.
On my knees I'm getting feeble
But I feel no fear of pain,
'Cause I see an angel peekin'
Through a broken window pain.

Chorus
Ain't a gonna need this house no longer,
Ain't a gonna need this house no more.
Ain't got time to fix the shingles,
Ain't got time to fix the floor.
Ain't got time to oil the hinges,
Nor to mend the window pane;
Ain't a gonna need this house no longer,
I'm a getting ready to meet the saints.

Verse 3
Now my old hound dog lies sleepin'
He don't know I'm going' to leave
Else he'd wake up by the fireplace
'N he'd sit there 'n howl 'n grieve.
But my huntin' days are over,
I ain't a gonna hunt the coon no more
Gabriel done brought in the chariot,
When the wind blew down the door.

Chorus
Ain't a gonna need this house no longer,
Ain't a gonna need this house no more.
Ain't got time to fix the shingles,
Ain't got time to fix the floor.
Ain't got time to oil the hinges,
Nor to mend the window pane;
Ain't a gonna need this house no longer,
I'm a getting ready to meet the saints.


FAMILY REUNION AT THE TIVOLI
(The Heritage Singers)

 


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