Homeward Bound (Part 2)

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In my last post, I sang the praises of home and all the good things that come with it:

“The feeling that accompanies being home is something that I wouldn’t trade for anything, even all the energy and excitement that come with discovering brand new places. I am capable of achieving full relaxation while at home, something that simply does not happen while traveling.”

I am now excited to share with you a handful of my favorite songs that deal with home.

1. “Two of Us” – The Beatles

This might be the most feel-good song on my list. Lennon and McCartney’s refrain “We’re on our way home, we’re going home!” is the soundtrack I hear in my head whenever I am landing at the airport or pulling into my driveway.

2. “Our House” – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

My favorite part about this classic tune is how the lyrics paint an incredibly cozy picture:

I’ll light the fire
You put the flowers in the vase that you bought today
Staring at the fire for hours and hours while I listen to you
Play your love songs all night long for me, only for me

It’s difficult not to fall in love with this particular setting. If my house looked like that, I would very likely never leave it.

3. “Homeward Bound” – Simon and Garfunkel

The hauntingly beautiful vocals on this song are bested only by the dynamic duo’s lyrics. As a musician who is all too familiar with the road and the insatiable desire to return home, the lyrics to “Homeward Bound” really resonate with me:

I’m sitting in the railway station
Got a ticket to my destination
On a tour of one-night stands my suitcase and guitar in hand
And ev’ry stop is neatly planned for a poet and a one-man band
Homeward bound,
I wish I was,
Homeward bound

4.  “The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert

I absolutely adore Miranda Lambert’s touching tale about visiting the house in which she grew up. Her lyrics are achingly poignant:

I know they say you can’t go home again
I just had to come back one last time
Ma’am I know you don’t know me from Adam
But these handprints on the front steps are mine
And up those stairs, in that little back bedroom
is where I did my homework and I learned to play guitar
And I bet you didn’t know under that live oak
my favorite dog is buried in the yard

Geez. Talk about lyrics that tug on the heartstrings.

5. “Silent House” – The Dixie Chicks  

This song is chock full of tight harmonies and vivid imagery. The old home comes alive as memories are rediscovered while roaming each room in the house. Though the house is now silent due to the passing of a loved one, the joy of times spent together remains.

These are only a handful of songs that I think of when I think of home. I’d love to hear your favorite songs about home, so please share in the comments.

One Comment on “Homeward Bound (Part 2)

  1. Excellent as usual. Our House by CSNY has been a favorite of mine since the sixties when l was living in Laurel Canyon for a short while. TY ja

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