Originally released July 26, 1968 as the B side of "I Say A Little Prayer For You" It hit number 6 on the pop charts and number 2 on the R&B charts
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 This was the room that was filled with love It was a love that he was proud of This was a life of a love he planned Of a love and a life we loved 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's the use of crying? 'Cause 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 He wanted to use me