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5 Things You Didn’t Know: ‘Our House’ by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

February 17, 2015 6:07 PM

A musical partnership with Neil Young is a dangerous one, but by now, musicians know what they’re getting into: the chance to work with one of the industries great creators, courageous in his willingness to stray into uncharted waters. His musical acumen, however, routinely leads him astray, unapologetically on his own accord.

Just ask, well, anyone Young has ever worked with. His inability to commit to other musicians — or devotion to his own artistic endeavours, depending on how you choose to view it — can be perfectly encapsulated in 1976. Midway through a tour to support Long May You Run, his album with Stephen Stills under The Stills-Young Band moniker, Young abruptly left the tour and citing his reasoning in a telegram.

“Funny how some things that start spontaneously end that way. Eat a peach, Neil.”

The animosity between Young and Stills traces back to the recording of their first album as the quartet known as Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. Their debut album, Déjà Vu, was a commercial success powered by the singles “Teach Your Children” and cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock.”

But it is a song about domestic innocence and bliss that may be the album’s most memorable; the Stills penned “Our House.” Here are 5 Things You Didn’t Know about “Our House” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Graham and Joni ate at Art’s Deli

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The story behind “Our House” is that to start their day, Graham Nash and Joni Mitchell went out to breakfast before buying “the vase that you bought today.”

Nash revealed in a 2013 NPR interview that the two ate at a famous deli on Ventura Boulevard in the Valley called Art’s Deli. The place has been open since 1957, when they sold corned beef sandwiches for 75 cents.

Today, the deli has a 3/5 star rating on Yelp. Maybe because that same corned beef sandwich will cost you $15.


“Our House” was inspired by a cheap vase

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Again, the song revolves around a rather common domestic instance between a couple buying a vase. But it just wasn’t any vase. In that same NPR interview from 2013, Nash says it was a cheap one they picked up at an antique shop while driving home from breakfast.

You can’t buy expensive, nice things when you’re paying $15 for a freakin’ sandwich.


Graham Nash thinks “Our House” is boring

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“Our House” is a beautiful little number, but damn it, Graham Nash finds it to be sooooo boring. In fact, the only reason he will occasionally play the song is because fans adore it so much.

Isn’t that just special.


“Our House” sold you sausage

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Blame your high cholesterol on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

“Our House” was featured in an Eckrich sausage commercial during the 1980s because nothing says “domestic bliss” like shoving sausage down your throat at dinner every night.


It also wants you to shop at Target

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That cheap vase Joni Mitchell bought at an antique store can now be bought in bulk at Target!

Well, we don’t know that for sure, but “Our House” was featured in an ad for Target’s Threshold brand. There are definitely a ton of knick-knacks and furnishings to be found at Target for cheap. You can buy yourself a vase and six others just like it because your kids are bound to break it at some point. Might as well have a replacement ready to go.


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