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52 Songs About Windows and Doors

Celebrate the many meanings of open and closed windows and doors in life with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs.

Celebrate the many meanings of open and closed windows and doors in life with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs.

When One Door Closes

It was Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, who famously remarked, "When one door closes, another opens." He noted that a lost opportunity or the end of a situation is not a tragedy but simply something that involves a change.

Graham's interest in telecommunications was profoundly influenced at a young age by his mother's permanent loss of hearing, which occurred when he was about 12 years old. Graham managed to find a door of opportunity in a situation that was otherwise personally challenging. In so doing, he eventually ended up earning patents for his many inventions, co-founded AT&T, and contributed significantly to society. We can all hope to emulate the positive nature of this innovator's example.

Celebrate the many meanings of closed and open doors in your life as well as windows, too, with a playlist of pop, rock, and country songs. We have many songs to start you off.

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1. "Leave the Door Open" by Silk Sonic

Silk Sonic is a musical superduo comprised of pop star Bruno Mars and American rapper and record producer Anderson .Paak. Their 2021 debut single, "Leave the Door Open" is a salacious R&B and soul number that amounts to a male narrator's booty call to his love interest. Even though the song narrator's lady friend has other commitments tonight, this Romeo tries to paint a picture of seduction as he imbibes wine in his robe inside his mansion at the edge of his pool.

As if that's not Hugh Hefner enough (eww), the guy offers to actually bite his love interest if that's what she's into. While the young woman smartly has other plans tonight, the young buck promises to leave the door open in case he's presented a deal she can't refuse.

2. "Come to My Window' by Melissa Etheridge

Imagine having to carry on a clandestine love affair by sneaking into your lover's apartment window, then waiting until they return home. That's what the narrator in this 1993 Grammy Award-winning rock song instructs her partner to do because their love affair is illicit—societally unsanctioned. They are closeted lovers, but the anguished narrator is in this for keeps:

I don't care what they think
I don't care what they say
What do they know
About this love anyway?

Melissa Etheridge came out as lesbian earlier that year with the release of her album, Yes I Am. At the time that she wrote this song, the rocker was involved in a stormy relationship with another woman. They eventually had two children together before separating 10 years later.

3. "Refrigerator Door" by Luke Combs

Favorite photos, wedding invitations, and recipes fill the refrigerator door like a scrapbook in this 2019 country song, creating cherished memories. Anchored by kitschy magnets, there are postcards from far-flung places, lists of grocery items, and sweet childhood artwork from long ago. Together they create the background of our lives right there in our kitchens. Anyone else might walk right past and see only clutter, but it's an ongoing mosaic of personal meaning. I bet your refrigerator door is a little like that too.

4. "Lookin' Out My Back Door" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Talk about imagination! This classic 1970 rock song is filled with statues wearing high heels, dreamlike creatures dancing on the lawn, and elephants playing in a band. Between those delusions and a reference to a flying spoon, it's no wonder that many people believe that the nonsensical lyrics are about illicit drugs. However, songwriter and lead singer John Fogerty has clarified that the Dr. Seuss-like ditty was inspired by a passing parade and was written for his son, who was three years old at the time.

5. "Temporary Home" by Carrie Underwood

Tenderness abounds in this plaintive 2010 country hit that portrays windows metaphorically as life phases through which we must pass on our way to better, more permanent places:

This is my temporary home
It's not where I belong
Windows in rooms that I'm passing through.

Specifically, the narrator references three protagonists in difficult circumstances: a foster child, a young mother struggling to support herself and her daughter, and an elderly man on the cusp of death. Perceiving the challenging personal situation as a temporary window in time brings solace to each individual in the song, and it may for you as well.

6. "Delilah" by Tom Jones

If there's any moral to this 1968 pop song, perhaps it is close your blinds, especially if you're doing something sneaky. This single is a murder ballad with a rousing up tempo.

The woman in the window is the unfortunate victim of a deliriously jealous boyfriend. The fellow passes by her apartment one night and sees that Delilah is bedding down with another man. Impulse control is usually in short supply in such situations, so the envious boyfriend decides to take dreadful action.

Incensed, the narrator lies in wait all night for his cheating sweetheart to exit her residence. When confronted in the morning, Delilah dares to laugh at him. That is salt in his wounds. For her misdeeds, he stabs the woman to death until she falls silent.

The song was a worldwide hit for Welsh singer Tom Jones, and since the 1970s, Welsh rugby fans have unofficially adopted "Delilah" as their anthem. (Weird, huh?) Recently there have been pleas for the practice to stop since the song glorifies murdering a woman.

7. "Bust Your Windows" by Jazmine Sullivan

The gal in this 2008 R&B-pop crossover tune is one you don't want to mess with. When she caught her man stepping out on their relationship, she didn't wilt like a spent daisy. Nope, she decided to get even by taking direct aim on what he cared about most: his car.

Her heart was crushed, and her feelings were all her busted because he couldn't keep his zipper closed. With the help of a crowbar, this vengeful missy enacted every wronged woman's fantasy. She busted the man's windows, leaving a calling card of "crazy ex-girlfriend" that he'll never forget.

Although she admits it didn't undo the emotional damage he caused, running roughshod on his ride gave her a little smile inside. Food for thought: the next time you hear about a crazy ex-girlfriend, consider what the boyfriend did to prompt her to be so out of hand.

8. "Broken Window Serenade" by Whiskey Myers

In this soul-sapping country tune from 2011, a small town guy stands by helplessly as the girl he grew up with slides deeper into despair. He looks at her through a symbolic broken window. Her childhood dreams of Hollywood stardom have been replaced by the brutal reality of having become a depressed, drug-addicted stripper with fading looks and "a long line of sin."

The narrator loves her unconditionally but realizes that his friend will never be his sweetheart. He has no money and no answers, and in the end all he can do is toss a flower in her grave. Heartwrenching.

9. "Skyscraper" by Demi Lovato

The woman in this breathy pop ballad could have remained a disheveled heap of emotional rubble after her lover betrayed her and cast her aside like trash. Rather than remain broken and weeping among the shattered windows and smoke, however, she defiantly proves her resilience by rising from the destruction of her life. In so doing, the narrator becomes as strong and powerful as ever, rising high above the ground and providing a triumphant example to others.

This song was a worldwide hit for Demi Lovato and has become an empowerment anthem for those grappling with personal problems. Lovato has dealt with a range of troubling personal issues, including: bipolar disorder, addiction, self-harm, bulimia, bullying, surviving sexual violence. In 2021, Lovato came out as non-binary.

10. "Let My Love Open the Door" by Pete Townshend

This 1980 rock ditty salutes the redemptive value of love. The narrator explains to his beloved that when others are unkind, they feel anxious, depressed, or are grieving. He pledges that his love offers a door to a brighter mood and a more positive overall life.

11. "Save Me" by Shinedown

In this 2006 rock song, the narrator is addicted to drugs and feels overwhelmed by the dark enormity of his personal battles. Homelessness has him living under a window sill in a doorless hallway. As he fights for his survival, the desperate man admits he doesn't know why he engages in such self-defeating behavior, and he begs for help from anyone who will provide it:

Jump in the water
Jump in with me
Jump on the altar
Lay down with me
My hardest question
To answer is why, why?

"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open." - John Barrymore, American actor

"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open." - John Barrymore, American actor

17 Idioms About Doors and Windows


you make a better door than (you do) a window

you're physically in the way -- move so I can see!

window of opportunity

a short period of time in which to take action on something to achieve a desired result

as broad as a barn door

very wide

(one does not have) a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out of

to be very poor

a foot in the door

to have an initial chance to do something that could lead to bigger and better opportunities

When poverty comes in at the door, love flies out of the window (or when the wolf comes in at the door, love creeps out of the window)

lack of money puts a tremendous strain on a relationship

to blow the doors off

to be way better than expected

a golden key can open any door

enough money can accomplish anything

a creaking door hangs longest

someone who is in apparent poor health may surprisingly outlive those who are stronger; weak and faulty is a nuisance the longest

a window on the world

something that expands your worldview

to darken (one's) door

to receive an unwelcome visitor

to close the barn door after the horse has bolted

to try to prevent or fix a problem after it's already happened

Katy, bar the door

get ready for trouble; something bad is about to happen

one door closes, another one opens

if you fail at one thing, you'll have the opportunity to succeed at something else

your barn door is open

the zipper on your pants is down

at death's door (or knocking on heaven's door, at death's doorstep)

extremely close to dying

push/kick at an open door

having no difficulty in accomplishing a task because others overwhelmingly support it

12. "Let 'Em In" by Wings

Goodness! How was this ridiculous 1976 soft rock tune a legitimate hit back in the day? It had to be the Beetles aura.

Although the rhythm is catchy, "Let 'Em In" is literally about people knocking at the door and ringing the doorbell for an unknown reason. The song narrator name checks several people, as it seems he knows who might be on the other side of the door. Rather than get the door himself (lazy? busy? too high?), he asks you to let his guests in. Seriously, how dry could Paul McCartney's imagination well have run to have written such a low-key ditty about opening a door?

13. "Back Door Man" by The Doors

With his sexualized scream-singing, Jim Morrison took this Willie Dixon blues tune and gave it a hard rock twist with psychedelic vibes when The Doors covered it in 1967. The song is about a man who enjoys having relations with other men's wives while the husbands are out working.

"Back door man" is an old Southern term for adultery. It alluded to a bread deliveryman, milkman, or other delivery man who could quickly slip out of the back door as the husband was coming in the front door.

14. "Higher Window" by Josh Groban

When a romance is on the skids yet you're trying hard to keep love from flying out of the window, you'll do anything to make things right. It's the most desperate of emotions.

The man in this 2010 pop song bares his soul to the woman he loves. He confesses that although he hasn't been a perfect mate, he has been completely dedicated to her. Their union is blessed by an ethereal, higher power:

Because there is a light, from a higher window
Shining down on us tonight.

Standing before her vulnerable, his heart laid bare, he hopes that their chance at happiness has not passed. He asks her earnestly what he can do to make their future a reality. You at least have to give him points for trying to save their relationship.

15. "Honey (Open That Door)" by Ricky Skaggs

Lady, don't open that door!

The naughty husband in this 1984 country ditty has found himself locked outside of his home. Now he's penniless and just begging and pleading for his honey to open the door so he can seek forgiveness.

It seems the gambler lost his good sense and went out honky tonking with friends, losing everything he owns but his name in the process. (Something tells me this isn't the first time he's done something like this.) As he stands at the door begging, perhaps he should be taking more responsibility instead of blaming others for his bad decisions. I hope she's done with him!

My cat, Hayden, has a window to his world in his special "window hammock."

My cat, Hayden, has a window to his world in his special "window hammock."

16. "Is There Life Out There" by Reba McEntire

The selfless mother and housewife in this 1992 country gazes outside her window after two decades of raising babies. To herself she ponders if there might be something more for her personally beyond those key family roles.

The protagonist married when she was a young woman of 20 years old and although she believed she was ready for such a big step at the time, she now realizes that she missed significant growing-up experiences by marrying and starting a family so early. Perhaps it's time to finally put herself first.

17. "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?" by Patti Page

This well-known novelty song about buying—ugh! I absolutely cringe here—a puppy in a pet store window was a number one hit in 1953, and it has since become a beloved children's song. Thankfully, people have become more educated and sensitized regarding the barbarity of puppy mills, and they are choosing to adopt rather than shop.

After learning more about the practice of puppy mills, the singer of this classic song, Patti Page, felt so remorseful that she recorded an alternative rendition, "Do You See That Doggie in the Shelter" (2009). She left the song rights to the Humane Society of the United States upon her death in 2013:

Do you see that doggie in the shelter
the one with the take me home eyes?
If you give him your love and attention
he will be your best friend for life.

18. "Keep Passing the Open Windows" by Queen

If only it were as simple as Freddie Mercury would have us believe, then there would be no suicide epidemic. This cheery 1984 rock song recommends being strong, forgetting sadness, and believing in yourself as the antidotes to crushing depression and the desire to end it all. When life seems an utter failure, according to the song you need to "just keep passing the open windows." Unfortunately, preventing death by suicide is more complicated than just don't do it, however.

19. "Windows" by Angel Olsen

Some people are their own biggest barriers to happiness on account of maladaptive behaviors and poor life choices. In this haunting 2014 alternative rock tune, the narrator uses a tremulous voice to provide encouragement to open a figurative window and come into the light, where you can be alive and free.

20. "Singing From the Windows" by Dave Matthews

The global coronavirus pandemic drove people indoors into lockdown in March 2020, where they stayed for months, fearing for their health and their very lives. Socially isolated, some of them sang to one another from their windows. This pop ballad commemorates the phenomenon. It captures the uncertainty, the raw determination to survive, and our need to connect.

"Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it." - Marcus Aurelius, Roman emeror and Stoic philosopher

"Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it." - Marcus Aurelius, Roman emeror and Stoic philosopher

Even More Songs About Windows and Doors

Know a song that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

SongArtist(s)Year Released

21. Knocking on Heaven's Door

Guns N' Roses


22. From a Window Up Above

Mickey Gilley


23. Back at Your Door

Maroon 5


24. Come in with the Rain

Taylor Swift


25. At the Door

The Strokes


26. I Threw a Brick Through a Window



27. I Don’t Do Windows

Jamey Johnson


28. Windows Down

Big Time Rush


29. Look Out Any Window

Bruce Hornsby


30. Lookin’ Through The Windows

Jackson 5


31. Through the Window



32. Walls and Doors

Jackson Browne


33. The Other Side of the Door

Taylor Swift


34. Steamy Windows

Tina Turner


35. Out of the Window



36. At My Window Sad and Lonely

Billy Bragg and Wilco


37. Somebody's Knockin'

Terri Gibbs


38. Staring at Your Window With a Suitcase in My Hand

Bon Jovi


39. Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)

The Temptations


40. Looking Out My Window Through Pain

George Strait


41. Long As I Can See the Light

Creedence Clearwater Revival


42. I Will Never Let You Down

Rita Ora


43. Waving Through a Window

Owl City


44. Don't Go Knockin' on My Door

Britney Spears


45. Door

Caroline Polachek


46. The Door Is Always Open

Jamey Johnson


47. Slamming Doors

Kelly Clarkson


48. Slamming Doors

Ben Haenow


49. Close the Door

Teddy Pendergrass


50. If My Heart Had Windows

Patty Loveless


51. Windows and Walls

Dan Fogelberg


52. Would I Lie to You?



© 2021 FlourishAnyway


FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 23, 2021:

Lora - It's nice to see you again. Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your kind words and am glad you enjoyed this playlist.

Lora Hollings on July 23, 2021:

What a great list of songs about windows and doors! I never would have guessed there could be so many. My all time favorite is "Knocking On Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan. I loved your idioms on doors and windows. And thanks so much, Flourish, for updating us on the newer rendition of How Much Is That Doggy In the Window? Although I always liked Patti Page, I like her even more after reading that she felt so much remorse that she did the song again only changed the words to encourage people to adopt rather than to shop, particularly since puppies from pet stores come from puppy mills.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 22, 2021:

Caitlin - Thank you!

Caitlin Goodwin from West Palm Beach, FL on July 18, 2021:

Lovely :)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 14, 2021:

Heidi - Thank you for the song suggestions. I along appriate the additions Have a great rest of your week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 14, 2021:

Mary - Aww, I'm sorry that it did that for you. There are so many songs that have questionable or downright objectionable lyrics, but we often don't stop to process them. Thank you for taking the time to read. I hope your week is a good one!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 13, 2021:

Nithya - I appreciate the kind compliment. Have a wonderful week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 13, 2021:

Chrish - I'm glad you enjoyed this. I like that song as well. Very mournful and it unfortunately tells the story of so many broken lives these days.

Hayden is dearly loved and really is living well. He came to us as a stray in the early days of the pandemic (we call him a "volunteer" rather than a stray), showing up on our porch and just planting himself in our chair. Naturally, being such a sweet boy and so hungry we brought him in and kept him. We have 7 other cats, most of whom showed up under similar circumstances. Luckily, we have a big house.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 13, 2021:

Misbah - Thank you for your kind words. Maybe one day someone clever will pen a song about Delilah's revenge, justice for Delilah, or something wicked that happened to the guy afterwards. Have a wonderful week and be healthy and happy!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 13, 2021:

Linda - That's one thing I love so much about doing this -- really paying attention to the lyrics. So many of the songs people grew up with or enjoy today are filled with meanings that escape them. Regarding Patti Page, I really like that she did that as well. Thanks for reading! Have an awesome week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 13, 2021:

Bill - Glad you like it! Some topics are an easier fit than others. Have an awesome week.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 13, 2021:

It's always great to read your hubs as it brings back memories of younger years and songs once enjoyed. Delilah is one such, and singing it with my friends, I never was conscious that it was about the murder of a woman. I am now conscious of it, and I don't think I'll ever enjoy singing it again.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on July 13, 2021:

So glad that The Doors had a "door" entry. :)

As per usual, goin' all 70s here, I'll add:

* Lynyrd Skynyrd "Gimme Three Steps." Gimme three steps toward to the door, and he's outta here!

* Eurythmics "Would I Lie to You," which has been an entry in many lists. Watch me walkin', walkin' out the door. But after the cleaning the floor? Girl, leave!

BTW, Hayden is adorable in his window hammock.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 12, 2021:

A wonderful list of songs. You have done a great job putting them together. I have heard many of them. Another unique idea for a list of songs. Hats off to you!

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on July 12, 2021:

I love old songs! Whisky Myers '' broken Window '' got my heart.

Thanks a lot Ms Fourish for tailoring them all here. Your fur angel Hayden is living his best life!!!!!!! I love his name.

Sending power hugs and have a wonderful day ahead

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 12, 2021:

I often listened to "Delilah" when I was very young and loved the tune. I never realized what the lyrics were saying!

I love the fact that Patti Page created a second version of her song about dogs.

Misbah Sheikh from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on July 12, 2021:

Flourish, Your articles are always entertaining to read. I always look forward to reading them. To look for songs about specific topics and then to write an entire article about those songs. It's a true talent. I always appreciate your efforts. You've done an excellent job compiling these songs. I am not familiar to some of them but Delilah is one of my favorites. I also enjoyed reading the idioms you provided. Thank you for sharing. Stay safe and healthy.

Blessings and Love!!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 12, 2021:

Devika - Thank you for your positive words of encouragement and support. I'm glad you enjoyed this playlist. Have a wonderful week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 12, 2021:

Linda - I can't believe I skipped that one. Thanks for letting me know! I love Guns N' Roses.

My husband bought that cat hammock for Hayden and I didn't think it would be strong enough to hold him via suction cups on the window but it certainly does. He adores laying in the sunshine just above an AC/heating vent. He's a smaller-sized, slender framed cat about 9 pounds. I don't know that it would comfortably fit my chunky 18-20 pound cats although technically the product says it can hold 40 pounds (not sure about that). It's his favorite spot and it looks really funny from the outside to see him sleeping up against the window pane.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on July 12, 2021:

Amazing Flourish, that you could come up with a play list about windows and doors. I do believe there is no topic beyond your reach. Great job.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 12, 2021:

Peggy - It's odd that those Welsh rugby fans would pick that song as their anthem. Maybe they need another Welsh singer to hit it big internationally with a catchy song. I don't think they have much to pick from.

Hayden does love that cat hammock!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 12, 2021:

Chitrangada - I'm with you. I'm a practical person. Just open the door. I also believe we make our own luck by the things we do or don't do and thereby set ourselves up for success or failure. I also have a tough time sometimes finding others' articles on the feed. Frustrating.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 12, 2021:

Bill - That has to be one of the saddest songs. Makes me want to visit every old person I know. My elderly great uncle died very recently and didn't have a lot of visitors. My parents went fairly regularly. I was with him about 18 hours before he happened to disappear into the window of the great beyond.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 12, 2021:

Liz - I'm glad that at least some were familiar. Thank you for stopping by, and have a fantastic week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 12, 2021:

Dora, Thank you. Animals are my special mission in life -- spaying and neutering and preventing their suffering. I'm so glad that she reissued that song.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 12, 2021:

Wow! Isn't this a surprise? Love the idea and about windows and doors I didn't pay attention to these songs. However, your list of songs is just incredible!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 12, 2021:

Good morning Flourish. What an interesting topic. At first, I couldn't come up with anything more (in my tiny little brain) than "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," but once I began reading, I had many an "ah-ha" moment. Thanks for a fun start to the week (and I love seeing your kitty surveying his kingdom).

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 12, 2021:

"How much is that doggie in the window?" takes me back in time to my childhood when our family used to sing that together. We did a lot of singing. "Delilah" is also a golden oldie.

Your cat Hayden certainly has a nice window view from that hammock! Great collection of songs and idioms!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 12, 2021:

Great article, with a fine and motivating introductory paragraph!

'When one door closes, another opens,' is one of my favorite quotes!

I liked your options, in the reader's poll! 'Just open it, because it's a door- - so true!!

I watched some of the videos, and enjoyed going through the list!

Glad that I could comment on this one! It's becoming increasingly difficult to find the articles on the feed!

Thank you for sharing this interesting information and have a great week ahead!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 12, 2021:

I didn't think of any of the ones you have listed, but I did have a very old recording by I think Dan Fogelberg...Windows and Walls? Was that it? Or is my memory fading quicker than this year's summer? Anyway, not a very good attempt by me on this musical quiz, but a fun read.

Liz Westwood from UK on July 12, 2021:

You have done a great job collecting these songs together. Many are new to me, with just a few familiar ones.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 12, 2021:

Touched especially by the story in No. 17, but there are so many other goodies. Thanks for these memorable collections. Super-good job!