Song Lyric Sunday 14 June • This Is The House That Jack Built

Song Lyric Sunday 14 June• This Is The House That Jack Built. For this week Jim Adams prompt is John and Jack. This almost forgotten song by Aretha Franklin somehow popped up.

The song, written by Bobby Lance and Fran Robbins and performed by Aretha Franklin, reached #2 on the U. S. R&B chart and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968. “The House that Jack Built” was originally recorded by Thelma Jones and released on the Barry label earlier in 1968. That version did not make the U. S. charts.

Here are the lyrics:

This is the house that Jack built, y'all
Remember this house!

This was the land that he worked by hand
It was the dream of an upright man
There was the room that was filled with love
It was a love that I was proud of
This was a life of a love he planned
On a love the same ol' love
In the house that Jack built
(The house that Jack built)
Remember this house!

There was the fence that held our love (yes it was)
There was the gate that he walked out of
This is the heart that is turned to stone (yes it is)
This was the house, but it ain't no home
This is the love that I once had
In a dream that I thought was love
In the house that Jack built (the house that Jack built)
I'm gonn' remember this house!

Oh-ohh wha-a-at is the use of crying?
You know I brought it on myself
There's no denying
But it see-e-ee-ems awful funny
That I didn't understand
Was it a house of an upright man?

Up on the hill
There's a big plan still
In the house that Jack built
(The house that Jack built)
I'm gonn' remember this house
(The house that Jack built)

Listen!
I got the house
I got the car
I got the rug
And I got the rack
But I ain't got Jack (Jack)
(I ain't got Jack, Jack)
And I want my Jack back!

I turned my back on Jack
He said he wasn't coming back
I turned my back on Jack
He said he wasn't coming back
Ohhh, Jack
Ohh! Come on back
Ohh Jack
Oh come on back
You oughtta come on back (Come on back, Jack)
To the one that you built (Come on back, Jack)
It's the same one you built (Come on back, Jack)
You oughtta come on back (Come on back, Jack)
Oh come back
Come on, come on, come on
I didn't understand
Until I lost my upright man
Come on back, Jack (Come on back, Jack)

8 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday 14 June • This Is The House That Jack Built

  1. This is the house that Jack built. This is the cheese that lay in the house that Jack built. This is the rat that ate the cheese. Thanks for adding this classic Aretha song TiongHan.

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