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Breaking Silence

This House

Janis Ian

I built this house out of cedar wood
and I laid the beams by hand
One for every false heart I had known
One for the true heart I planned
Laid the windows tight against the wind,
so in the winter we'd be warm
I built a bedroom out of solid oak
Safety from the storm

This house is burning
This house is on fire
When you whisper to the walls,
it's another's name you call
Even your tongue's become a liar
This house is on fire

Stole the heart of a cherry wood
and I built a door to last
It was thick enough to keep all thieves away
when the long nights came to pass
Then one day there was a hint of spring
and there were roses in the air
We opened wide enough to let you in
I was glad to share

This house is burning
This house is on fire
When you whisper to the walls
it's another's name you call
Even your satin sheets are liars
This house is on fire

I said - I've built a good foundation
Built on faith and hope
But the fireplace is strong
Put it out when you are gone,
or the whole damned thing will go up in smoke

This house is burning
This house is on fire
When you whisper to the walls
it's another's name you call
Even your body is a liar
This house is on fire

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Tour Dates

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All tour dates updated on July 10, 2019

  • Wednesday August 21

    The Kate, Old Saybrook, Connecticut

    The Kate

    Old Saybrook, Connecticut

    Phone: 860.510.0473

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    Janis closes out the summer with two solo evening at The Kate, one of her all-time favorite venues. After a long run with old pal Livingston Taylor, where sets had to accomodate the co-bill, this solo show should feature several brand new songs and a few blistering guitar solos!!

  • Thursday August 22

    The Kate, Old Saybrook, Connecticut

    The Kate

    Old Saybrook, Connecticut

    Phone: 860.510.0473

    Visit the venue's website

    Janis closes out the summer with two shows at The Kate, one of her all-time favorite venues. After a long run with old pal Livingston Taylor, where sets had to accomodate the co-bill, expect several brand new songs and a few blistering guitar solos in this magical solo evening!

  • Friday February 28

    E. J. Thomas Hall, Akron, Ohio

    E. J. Thomas Hall

    Akron, Ohio

    Phone: 330-972-7570

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  • Sunday March 1

    Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Bloomington, IN

    Buskirk-Chumley Theater

    Bloomington, IN

    Phone: 812.323.3020

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