Monday, February 19, 2007

"This Ole House"

Old Pioneer Log Cabin

On the way to Ottawa on one trip to visit friends, I was on the road from Smith's Falls up to the Osgoode and North Gower area (Roger-Steven's Drive). There are many old, old farms in the area long ago left deserted.

I thought I'd share with you all these two photos which sort of goe along with the old barn of yesterday.

I can't make up my mind whether I like the coloured or the B&W one.

Both the photos (of the same old cabin) make me think of this song that was made popular by Rosemary Clooney...

This Ole House

Artist: Rosemary Clooney

This ole house once knew his children
This ole house once knew his wife
This ole house was home and comfort
As they fought the storms of life
This old house once rang with laughter
This old house heard many shouts
Now he trembles in the darkness
When the lightnin' walks about


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 floor
Ain't got time to oil the hinges
Nor to mend the windowpane
Ain't a-gonna need this house no longer
He's a-gettin' ready to meet the saints

This ole house is a-gettin' shaky
This ole house is a-gettin' old
This ole house lets in the rain
This ole house lets in the cold
On his knees I'm gettin' chilly
But he feel no fear nor pain
'Cause he see an angel peekin'
Through a broken windowpane


This ole house is afraid of thunder
This ole house is afraid of storms
This ole house just groans and trembles
When the night wind flings its arms
This ole house is gettin' feeble
This old house is needin' paint
Just like him it's tuckered out
But he's a-gettin' ready to meet the saints


This ole house dog lies a-sleepin'
He don't know I'm gonna leave
Else he'd wake up by the fireplace
And he'd sit there and howl and grieve
But my huntin' days are over
Ain't gonna hunt the coon no more
Gabriel done brought in my chariot
When the wind blew down the door



Faye Pekas said...

Another beautiful old building. I like the color version best.

I remember that song too. I remember the version by Tennesee Ernie Ford I think.

Does this mean we're old? :)

CG said...

I like the colour version best too! I like the vivid green and it sets off the weathered wood so well. My mum used to love that song. It was a big hit here in the UK when I was young by a guy called "Shakin Stevens".

RUTH said...

Enjoyed the singalong. I like the black and white one best.

talj said...

Definitely the black and white for me!! Love your old barn shots Pat, they are excellent :o)

photowannabe said...

The black and white seems to go with that great old song. It shows the textures so well. The color wone is a great landscape shot too.

AB said...

A wonderful old building - I can't decide which version I like better either! They're both beautiful.

My toes are a-tappin' as I sing that song to myself - I love it!

CG said...

Fancy you knowing Port Sunlight, Pat!! I bet it hasn't changed much since you were there!!

Anna said...

I just love these barns Pat....both versions. I am with cg and Faye (aka the barn expert...)...the color one is great.

Kaycee said...

I like the way you have captured the details and "character" of both barns.

OutHouse Capital of Canada said...

Thanks for visiting my blog.
I like the old barns, I have pics of old barns on my blogs, I must try coverting some to B&W

bigbikerbob said...

Hi Pat,I love the photo's,i'm not sure which one i prefer both are good.My wifes the one who takes the shots on my blog(I'm useless).Keep up the good work.

Tag(Carpet)Bagger said...

Both are good, but the B&W is spectacular.