I ain't a-gonna need this house no longer
Ain't a-gonna need this house no more
Ain't got time to fix the shingles
Ain't got time to fix the door.
Ain't got time to oil the hinges
Nor to clean the window panes
I ain't gonna need this house no longer
I'm getting ready to meet the saints.
This ole house once I knew my children
This house once I knew my wife
This ole house was joy and comfort
As we fought the storms of life.
This ole house once rang with laughter
This ole house heard many a shout
Now she trembles in the darkness
Oh, when the lightning walks about.
Now my old hound dog lies a sleeping
He don't know I'm gonna leave
Else he'd wake up by the fireplace
And he'd sit there and gowl and grieve.
But my hunting days are over
Ain't gonna hunt the coon no more
Gabriel done brought in my chariot
When the wind blew down the door.