Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Our House

Deja Vu album cover

Song: Our House

Artist: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Album: Deja Vu (1970)

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Our House was written by Graham Nash in 1969. He was living with girlfriend and legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell at the time. The song describes an ordinary day for the couple and their two cats in their house in Laurel Canyon, California. He wrote the song in one hour. Here’s a clip of Graham Nash discussing the song and performing it on Howard Stern in 2016. In 2013, he commented on the origins of the song:


“Well, it’s an ordinary moment. What happened is that Joni [Mitchell] and I – I don’t know whether you know anything about Los Angeles, but on Ventura Boulevard in the Valley, there’s a very famous deli called Art’s Deli. And we’d been to breakfast there. We’re going to get into Joan’s car, and we pass an antique store. And we’re looking in the window, and she saw a very beautiful vase that she wanted to buy … I persuaded her to buy this vase. It wasn’t very expensive, and we took it home. It was a very grey, kind of sleety, drizzly L.A. morning. And we got to the house in Laurel Canyon, and I said – got through the front door and I said, you know what? I’ll light a fire. Why don’t you put some flowers in that vase that you just bought? Well, she was in the garden getting flowers. That meant she was not at her piano, but I was … And an hour later ‘Our House’ was born, out of an incredibly ordinary moment that many, many people have experienced.”

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