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Madness

Our House

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playFather wears his Sunday best
playMother's tired she needs a rest
playThe kids are playing up downstairs
playSister's sighing in her sleep
playBrother's got a date to keep
playHe can't hang around

playOur house, in the middle of our street
playOur house, in the middle of our

playOur house it has a crowd
playThere's always something happening
playAnd it's usually quite loud
playOur mum she's so house-proud
playNothing ever slows her down
playAnd a mess is not allowed

playOur house, in the middle of our street
playOur house, in the middle of our

playOur house, in the middle of our street
play(Something tells you)
play(That you've got to get away from it)
playOur house, in the middle of our

playFather gets up late for work
playMother has to iron his shirt
playThen she sends the kids to school
playSees them off with a small kiss
playShe's the one they're going to miss
playIn lots of ways

playOur house, in the middle of our street
playOur house, in the middle of our

playI remember way back then when
playEverything was true and when
playWe would have such a very good time
playSuch a fine time
playSuch a happy time
playAnd I remember how we'd play
playSimply waste the day away
playThen we'd say
playNothing would come between us
playTwo dreamers

playFather wears his Sunday best
playMother's tired she needs a rest
playThe kids are playing up downstairs
playSister's sighing in her sleep
playBrother's got a date to keep
playHe can't hang around

playOur house, in the middle of our street
playOur house, in the middle of our street
playOur house, in the middle of our street
playOur house, in the middle of our
playOur house, was our castle and our keep
playOur house, in the middle of our street
playOur house, that was where we used to sleep
playOur house, in the middle of our street
playOur house, in the middle of our street

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meaningMeaning

In the liner notes for the 1986 singles compilation, Utter Madness, Chas Smash – now known as Carl Smyth – recalled that the roots for Our House lay in his idea that each member should write a song about their family backgrounds, “as all our families were so different. No one else bothered. I did.” Written in that familiar Nutty voice – a mixture of warm nostalgia, affectionate wit and subtle pathos – Our House was a homely portrait of Smyth’s youth, with father, mother, sisters and brothers all cramped in one chaotic abode, love and mischief abiding, and a bittersweet middle eight suggesting those familial ties might not always bind.


https://www.theguardian.com

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hang around

To wait or spend time somewhere, usually for no particular reason:

  1. I spent most of my youth hanging around the bars of Dublin.

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