I just thought I'd see if there is anyone out there that likes the Dixie Chicks version (original?) over the Crowded House one.
I heard the DC one first and have yet to make my mind up which one I like better. I may have to wait for the official studio version.
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Both are haunting and wonderful. With songwriting that good, even Rage Against the Machine would sound great covering it. The meaning of the song hits close to home for me, so I really love both the DC and CH versions I have heard. Makes the hair on my arms stand up...
I don't think we can really make a comparison until we've heard CH's studio version. That said, I like the Dixie Chicks' version, but I prefer the way the live CH versions I've heard (original webcast, Coachella webcast) build from a quiet, simple opening to the band at full roar.
Yep - I'm waiting for the studio release, but I really do like the DC version a lot.

I saw them on a 'storytellers' show recently, and while they talked about other writers of their songs, when they talked about Silent House, they didn't even mention Neil. Just talked about the subject matter, and if I didn't know better I'd have thought they had written it by themselves!


Dave in Atlanta
"...they didn't even mention Neil. Just talked about the subject matter, and if I didn't know better I'd have thought they had written it by themselves!"

That was surprisingly ungracious of them. It's not like dropping his name is a liability.
Well, I for one do not like the DC version. The intro to the first chorus is drawn out an extra couple of bars too long and some of the changes in words to the CH version make me cringe... I do like it better than most DC songs though Razzer

"all the flickering lights"
So far I think the webcast version is my favourite version I've heard... but I'm in the minority in that the song general isn't doing that much for me. I get bored with it quite quickly.

I hadn't heard the Dixie Chicks version though, but a search came up with a stream of the full song.
oh boy, I have to say I'm torn on this one. I don't really know anything about DC or any of their music but I took a moment to listen to the link Alx left (thanks!) and there are parts of the DC version I actually like. I'm generally not a country music fan but the lead singer here has an amazing voice and parts of the harmonies are good too. Fancying myself as an ok singer, I find the DC version easier to sing along to Razzer However I prefer the mood and feel of the CH version and the way in which it builds to its crescendo.

slightly OT but does anyone know how much of a collaboration this was? Which parts did Neil write and which parts DC? Did one do music and the other do lyrics? I'm just curious. I'm surprised DC wouldn't acknowledge a collaboration, that's a bit rude.
"slightly OT but does anyone know how much of a collaboration this was? Which parts did Neil write and which parts DC? Did one do music and the other do lyrics? I'm just curious. I'm surprised DC wouldn't acknowledge a collaboration, that's a bit rude"

I am wondering that too, what bit was or wasn't Neil's. As for which version, I have heard 3 versions, the DC's. CH's and a Neil solo version at Stowe school, there is also a clip of this on You Tube somewhere, but frankly, that beats botht he other versions, Neil's voice on this solo version is haunting and takes the entire song to a new level. For my money, this is how the song should have sounded and I for one am disapointed that the CH version is not like it, but more towards the DC version...

It would have been interesting to know how Neil intended it to sound on the "solo" cd...
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I have heard 3 versions, the DC's. CH's and a Neil solo version at Stowe school, there is also a clip of this on You Tube somewhere, but frankly, that beats botht he other versions, Neil's voice on this solo version is haunting and takes the entire song to a new level. For my money, this is how the song should have sounded and I for one am disapointed that the CH version is not like it, but more towards the DC version...

It would have been interesting to know how Neil intended it to sound on the "solo" cd...



I've heard that version too Battylad, and I really liked it. That was my first introduction to Silent House. I found it very haunting and IMO Elly May did a great job with backing vocals.

In fact all we've heard so far are live versions so maybe the album version will be a little different to what we've heard so far.
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Originally posted by liz:

slightly OT but does anyone know how much of a collaboration this was? Which parts did Neil write and which parts DC? Did one do music and the other do lyrics?


Without knowing the truth, my guess is that Neil wrote the chorus at least. To me it is a Neil chorus not a Dixie's one. Hard to explain but the chorus has a great turn of phrase that Neil is more than capable of turning out.

Because the song is about one of the girl's father (or grandfather?) I would assume they wrote the verse.

All assumption of course but would be keen to know the exact breakdown myself.

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