"A Cottage for Sale" is a popular song. The music was composed by Willard Robison, and the lyrics were written by Larry Conley. The song was first published in 1929, and over 100 performers have recorded versions of "A Cottage for Sale." The first versions of the song were released by The Revelers in January 1930 and Bernie Cummins with the New Yorker Orchestra in March 1930.
|"A Cottage for Sale"|
|Song by The Revelers|
Lyrics and ThemesEdit
The song uses an empty cottage as a metaphor of a failed relationship or the end of a long relationship perhaps in death.
- Our little dream castle
- With every dream gone
- Is lonely and silent
- The shades are all drawn
- And my heart is heavy
- As I gaze upon
- A cottage for sale
- The lawn we were proud of
- Is waving in hay
- Our beautiful garden has
- Withered away.
- Where we planted roses
- The weeds seem to say...
- A cottage for sale
- Through every window
- I see your face
- But when I reach (the) window
- There's (only) empty space
- The key's in the mailbox
- The same as before
- But no one is waiting for me anymore
- The end of our story
- Is there on the door
- A cottage for sale.
The song has become a standard, with artists from a variety of genres creating many notable recordings. A partial list follows:
- 1930: Victor vocal quartet The Revelers
- 1930: Ruth Etting
- 1930: Grey Gull Studio Dance Band with vocalist Jack Parker (Piccadilly 616 / 3990-B)
- 1930: Guy Lombardo
- 1945: Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra went to number three on the Most-Played Juke Box Race Records chart and number eight on the pop chart.
- 1947: Mel Torme
- 1956: Dinah Washington ("Dinah!" album)
- 1957: Nat King Cole ("Just One of Those Things" album)
- 1957: Coleman Hawkins with an orchestra arranged and conducted by Glenn Osser ("The Gilded Hawk" album)
- 1958: Tony Bennett with Frank De Vol and his Orchestra ("Long Ago and Far Away" album)
- 1958: Frankie Laine
- 1959: Frank Sinatra ("No One Cares" album)
- 1959: Roy Hamilton ("Have Blues Must Travel" album)
- 1959: Chris Connor ("Nina Simone and Her Friends" album)
- 1960: Little Willie John ("Sure Things" album)
- 1960: Billy Eckstine ("Once More with Feeling" album)
- 1961: Howard McGhee ("Dusty Blue" album)
- 1963: Julie London ("Love on the Rocks" LP album Liberty Records LST 7249)
- 1963: Judy Garland
- 1965: Jack Teagarden ("Think Well Of Me" Verve Records V6 8465 album)
- 1968: Kay Starr and Count Basie ("How About This" album)
- 1968: James Brown ("Thinking About Little Willie John and a Few Nice Things" album)
- 1969: Bette McLaurin ("The Masquerade Is Over" album)
- 1978: Bill Farrell ("Lush Life" album)
- 1987: Chuck Berry sings the song, accompanied Johnnie Johnson on piano, in an intimate moment during rehearsal in his concert film Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll
- 1992: Buddy Montgomery ("Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume Fifteen" album)
- 1995: Etta Jones ("At Last" album)
- 1996: Jackie McLean ("Hat Trick" album)
- 2001: Dave Van Ronk ("Sweet & Lowdown" album)
- 2003: Jerry Jeff Walker ("Jerry Jeff Jazz" album)
- 2003: Holly Cole ("Shade" album)
- 2005: Les Deux Love Orchestra ("King Kong" album, featuring Bobby Woods on vocals and Page Cavanaugh on piano)
- 2005: Johnny Mathis ("Isn't It Romantic: The Standards Album")
- 2010: Freddy Cole ("Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B")
- 2017: The Newfangled Four ("The Newfangled Four" album)
- 2021: Willie Nelson ("That's Life" album, Nelson's second tribute album to Frank Sinatra)
Other performances, date unknown:
- Cf. website dedicated to Larry Conley
- "New Songs of Larry Conley". 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-01-23. Retrieved 2010-02-27.
- "Willard Robison - Biography". Billboard. 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-27.[permanent dead link]
- "Victor 22000 - 22500". 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2010-02-27.
- The Sinatra recording
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 181.
- "Willie Nelson Announces 'That's Life' Frank Sinatra Tribute Album, Shares "Cottage For Sale" [Video]". L4LM. 2020-12-12. Retrieved 2021-01-03.