Re: Need words to Cohousing Song
From: Debbie Behrens (
Date: Sun, 27 Jun 2021 12:58:30 -0700 (PDT)
We weren’t very good at gathering up all the good stuff like this at those 
conferences decades ago.
I found this very old email with a set of lyrics, another variation.

Groundbreaking song
From: MelaSilva ( Date: Wed, 2 Jul 1997 13:16:59 -0500 
I was so amazed to be in Baltimore and hear folks sing this song, which was 
written for the Southside Park groundbreaking ceremony 5 years ago. As has 
happened before, when I decided to verify the history, I found out that for 
years I had been inadvertently passing on myth instead! The words were adapted 
by Theresa Tavianini just hours before the event. I had forgotten there was a 
second verse, so I am passing on the whole song, as she wrote it. Hope to hear 
it at many many more groundbreaking ceremonies!! Pam Silva 

* There?s NO housing like COHOUSING,
Like no housing we know.
Everything about it is appealing,
Common House and all the units, too.
We designed it all from floor to ceiling,
And now we?re seeing our dreams come true.

There are NO People like CoPeople,
They strive for community.
Anonymous suburbia this sure won?t be,
We?re neighborhood and we?re family.
Young and old live side by side in harmony,
Let?s get on with the show!

Adapted byTheresa Tavianini

> On Jun 27, 2021, at 8:53 AM, Fred H Olson <fholson [at]> wrote:
> Below is another cohousing song version done by my wife, Becca Brackett.
> She tried to stick closely to the original 1946 song by Irving Berlin which
> I've included below hers.  It got a bit wordy and harder to sing.
> She included the "bridge" (indented).  A verse could be added specific to
> local community.
> FRed
> --
> Fred H. Olson  Minneapolis,MN 55411  USA        (near north Mpls)
>     Email:        fholson at      612-588-9532
> My Link Pg:
> ------ Becca's version of Cohousing song ----------------
> There's no housing like co- housing like no housing I know
> Everything about it is appealing, everything that ZONING will allow
> Nowhere ELSE could you get that happy feeling when ya'll are Bonding over 
> tasty chow.
> There's no people like COHO people, they help when you are low
> Even with a core group that you fear will fold, you may be stranded out in 
> the cold
> Still you wouldn't change it for a sack of gold, let's go on with the show
>       The Renter, the Student, Homeowner, the monk
>       Are secretly unhappy ones  because
>       The Renter, the Student, Homeowner, the monk
>       Get housing for their money, but no applause
>       They'd gladly bid their dreary HOMES goodbye,
>       for anything like cohousing and do you know why
> There's no housing like co-housing and I tell you it's so
> Visiting cohousing  is so thrilling, saunter down the pathway on starlit 
> nights
> Smile as you watch THE CHILDREN PLAYING and there's your BUILDING WITH 
> There's no people like OUR people, they HELP when YOU are low
> Angels come from everywhere with lots of jack, and when you lose it, there's 
> no attack
> Wha-da-ya mean there's  money that I won't get back?  Let's go on with the 
> show
> (there's no housing like co- housing like no housing I know)
> You get word before the GENERAL MEETING that your favorite uncle died at dawn
> AND your pa and ma have parted, you're broken-hearted, but You Check In ( to 
> the general meeting I mean)
> (there's no people like COHO people, they HELP WHEN YOU ARE LOW)
> Yesterday they told you: you COULD not BUY IN,
> Next day on your UNIT DOOR they've hung a star, LET COHOUSING GO FAR!

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