This House Is on Fire Song Lyrics

Natalie Merchant

Natalie Merchant Motherland cover art
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This house is on fire!
Kick off your boots, come sit a spell.
Listen to me worry, come and listen well.
All you better best come and lean in boys, I don't dare raise my voice.
I've been sitting here for the longest time reading all the warning and the danger signs.
I don't have the gift of the prophecy, telling everybody how it's going to be.

Soon come, soon come the day this tinderbox is gonna blow in your face.
I don't have the gift of the prophesy, telling everybody how it's going to be.
You go passing wrong for right and right for wrong
People only stand for that for just so long.

It's all gonna catch like a house on fire, spark an evil blaze and burn higher.
Well, I don't have the gift of the prophesy, telling everybody how it's going to be.

Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 This House Is on Fire
  • 2 Motherland
  • 3 Saint Judas
  • 4 Put the Law on You
  • 5 Build a Levee
  • 6 Golden Boy
  • 7 Henry Darger
  • 8 The Worst Thing
  • 9 Tell Yourself
  • 10 Just Can't Last
  • 11 Not in This Life
  • 12 I'm Not Gonna Beg


  • credits


    album: Track 1 in album Motherland
    release date: 2001-11-13
    popularity : 40 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Alternative Rock/Folk Rock
    length: 4:44
    producer: T‐Bone Burnett and Natalie Merchant
    conductor: Stephen Barber
    vocal: Natalie Merchant
    mixer: Jim Scott
    engineer: Mike Piersante
    electric guitar: Gabriel Gordon
    recorded by: Mike Piersante
    arranger: Stephen Barber
    violin: Sandra Park and Sharon Yamada
    bass: Graham Maby
    Hammond organ: Elizabeth Steen
    percussion & drums: Matt Chamberlain
    viola: Karen Dreyfus
    cello: Alan Stepansky
    oud: Erik Della Penna
    alto flute: Sandra Church
    assistant mixer: Robert Read and Jenn Hilliard
    composer: Natalie Merchant
    lyricist: Natalie Merchant

    Album Information

    label: Elektra
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 075596272124
    script: Latin