I just wanna go home. It’s a phrase we’ve all uttered at some point in our lives. Maybe as a bratty 6 six year old or maybe as a wearisome traveler in your 30′s, but the feeling in each instance is the same. Home is a place we long for. Having traveled some 50,000 miles last year I can relate to that concept and so the lyrics of Michael Bublé’s hit Home are of special interest to me.
Bing Crosby crooning the holiday classic, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, is a tune echoed through many a home this time of year. First released around Christmas in 1943, the song is written from the perspective of a soldier serving over seas during World War 2. While the melody is one that lingers in our minds, the meaning of the song is actually quite somber as the closing line reveals that being home for Christmas isn’t quite a reality just yet.
Songs about home often evoke an emotion or two. Just as we at Coldwell Banker Real Estate feel that home has much more value to it than dollar signs and bar charts would show, songwriters come to a similar conclusion as their lyrics and melodies of home effect multiple senses that transport us to a specific place or moment in time.