This got me thinking of compiling a collection of favorite songs that lyrically convey concepts of house and home. The results follow.
What are some of your favorite house/home tunes? Leave your suggestions in the comment section. We’ll add them to our office stereo to pleasure our ears and inspire our hands.
This was the very first song that came to mind when I started this list. It’s a heartbreaker from the brilliant songwriter Randy Newman. “Feels Like Home”, from Newman’s theatrical outing “Faust” (and here sung by Bonnie Raitt) always brings a tear to my eye.
This song, by country singer Miranda Lambert, was Bobby’s immediate choice for this list. It’s about a lost woman returning to her since-sold childhood house trying to rediscover who she was. This lyric says it all:
You leave home, you move on and you do the best you can.
I got lost in this whole world and forgot who I am.
We’re showing our age on this one. The pop band ‘Til Tuesday had a brief but stunning career in the 1980s and Aimee Mann’s haunting voice bids “Welcome home” in this song.
Michael Buble’ just wants to go home. This song rings true to anyone who’s ever traveled around a good deal in their work (as we do all the time).
What playlist is complete without Grand Funk Railroad? Another traveler desperately trying to get back home.
This classic song from the first couple of country music, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, is a sad tale of aspiration. A big, fancy house with “chandeliers in every room and silks and satin all about” but built without love feels mighty vacant.
Another lyrical classic from our younger days. Billy Joel’s “You’re My Home”, from his debut album, is a story of how a long-wandering gypsy finds his home.
This selection goes out to one of our partners, John Sease (who is a huge Simon and Garfunkel fan). This hit is the quintessential tune about home yearning. Here, a twist on the performance with Simon performing with the Beatle’s George Harrison on the stages of Saturday Night Live.
This one is the saddest of the lot. Written by Burt Bacharach, Broadway dynamo Kristin Chenoweth realizes an empty house is, well, empty.
Greg Tankersley for McAlpine Tankersley
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