Take that look of worry
I'm an ordinary man
They don't tell me nothing
So I find out what I can
There's a fire that's been burning
Right outside my door
I can't see but I feel it
And it helps to keep me warm
So I, I don't mind
No I, I don't mind

Seems so long I've been waiting
Still don't know what for
There's no point escaping
I don't worry anymore
I can't come out to find you
I don't like to go outside
They can't turn off my feelings
Like they're turning off a light
But I, I don't mind
No I, I don't mind
Oh I, I don't mind
No I, I don't mind

So take, take me home
Cos I don't remember
Take, take me home
'Cause I don't remember
Take, take me home
'Cause I don't remember
Take, take me home, oh lord
'Cause I've been a prisoner all my life
And I can say to you

Take that look of worry, mine's an ordinary life
Working when it's daylight
And sleeping when it's night
I've got no far horizons
I don't wish upon a star
They don't think that I listen
Oh but I know who they are
And I, I don't mind
No I, I don't mind
Oh I, I don't mind
No I, I don't mind

So take, take me home
'Cause I don't remember
Take, take me home
'Cause I don't remember
Take, take me home
'Cause I don't remember
Take, take me home, oh lord
Well I've been a prisoner all my life
And I can say to you

But I don't remember
Take, take me home.



Lyrics submitted by Boonechic_21

"Take Me Home" as written by Billy Joel

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, EMI Music Publishing

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    General Comment:You know listening and reading the lyrics it sounds like the dull life that some people lead. Working day in and day out like a mouse in a wheel; going around and around with no real life inside of them, no dreams, no passions. The person is slowly losing their mind because they're chronically unhappy and spiraling downwards in despair and hopelessness. Time become distorted: hours run together and soon days run together and then it seems years slip by with no definition to them and so he "can't remember."
    EverestManon July 31, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:Christina78, I hope you still check up on the site b/c Phil is one of my favorites and he explained this song on Storytellers years ago. It's about a person in an insane asylum - There's no point escaping, I don't worry anymore...I've been a prisoner all my life... They don't think that I listen, Oh but I know who they are...
    He said it was kinda dark when he began talking about it. I think that's pretty much all he said. But the song is still great after all these years!
    LeArtiston March 25, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:actionfrank, I can see where it could apply to shy people, like someone with social anxiety or avoidant personality disorder. They have created their own prison, sort of like Pink Floyd's The Wall.
    Zepfreakon May 16, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretation:My friend told me that I should see Phill Collins farewell tour "Finally". So I did.
    It was fantastic!!!
    I knew Phil's music, but I was not "a fan".
    I have read Dr. Michael Newton's book "Journey of Souls".
    When I was watching the farewell tour's last song "Take Me Home" something struck me! I felt that the lyrics are about feelings we feel while living on Earth in human bodies, and feeling that our real home is somewhere "up" there. That our souls will return to the "real" home after death.
    When Phil was thanking all the musicians and told that they "gotta go home", they left the stage one by one. It was so simbolical for me. It was like people were leaving (dying) this life on Earth to be reunited once again in another world. I felt that sooner or later we all will meet again.
    You know, how close we feel during concerts. Just look around while being in the crowd. Phil and his team made us ONE again here on Earth! He TOOK US HOME! :)
    erglis19on October 16, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I have been thinking and I really don't know what this song means... and it's bothering me! Help!
    Christina78on September 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Tidbit: Peter Gabriel and Sting sing backup vocals in the chorus.
    BlimpyJoneson April 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I just love this song. To me, it always just means how I'm at school, and i'm like this prisoner with all these phonies who think i'm just a quiet girl, but I'm not, and I've never really felt free or myself at school, so I feel like, "hey, take me home."
    inoticethingson February 13, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:wow blimpy i didn't know that.that's cool because they are great artists also.this is definately my all time favorite collins song!!!i'm glad Leartist clarified the meaning because i didn't have a clue either as to what it meant.THX!!!!!
    ThE $aNdMaNon March 27, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:yeah thanks leartist. phil collins is great and so is this song.
    kholdon March 31, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:An insane asylum? That's very sad and a great shame. I always thought it was about shy people, and in some ways I still apply the song to myself today, even seven years out of high school. However, if you watch the video you can see that an originally dark theme has evolved into something much more for most people.
    actionfrankdollon July 04, 2007   Link

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