Home is where beds are made and butter is added to toast. On a cold afternoon you can float room to room like a ghost. Take the crèche out and argue about who gets to set up the kings. And I know that it’s home because that’s where the stereo sings “I’ve got dreams to remember.” But not even home can be with you forever. It’s Christmastime and the plane flies me over white hills to a town in a dream, where the sky is frozen and still, and a room (that’s not mine but it’s just like I left it before, with the wax from the candles all dusty and locks on the door) where I held you so tenderly, and where in summer I opened your letter to me. I’m standing where we knelt and a miracle mile now borders it, but if I turn my back and look at the field I don’t even notice it for a second. There’s a tangle of greenery where winter scenery ends. And I hear that song sometimes and imagine us much more than friends - like if we stayed in this town, bought the first house that went up on sale, and how each Christmastime would bring inlaws and snowdays and holiday mail. Your dad says you’re living in Georgia since last September. Well, “I’ve got dreams to remember.” I’ve got dreams to remember. Oh Sara, come back to New Hampshire. We’ll stay here forever.

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Listening To Otis Redding At Home During Christmas song meanings
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    General CommentSuch a wonderful song. So calming, made for drifting off to sleep.
    HellaGayFagon February 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love the fact that they sing part of the Otis Redding song that the melody of this one strongly resembles. They must have realized it while writing or recording the song and decided to incorporate their inspiration into it. Very cool results.
    cdconnon January 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSuch a great song- The narrator goes through so much inner turmoil, like many on the holiday season, especially remembering home and those he loves. All he wants is to feel that connection with 'Sara' again.... it's one of his many dreams...
    TBeasleyon May 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhat a sweet sentiment
    hab204on August 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentabsolutely gorgeous
    AshBlackon June 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentits so perfect how he phrases each line, first hes describing it as a thing of the past but the end just turns into a confession. he still hasnt moved on from the home he left because thats where he wanted to stay with the girl he loved. and he doesnt want her to have moved on either.
    CherryRedon January 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhen I'm listening to this song and "Do what you gotta do" I always get a feeling "Do what you gotta do" is that letter that girl, Sara, wrote to him... Also, "I came here to say I'm going away" fits into that story in my opinion...
    What do you think? DO that songs speak about one story of him and a girl he left when he needed to go?
    justoneon February 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI actually think this is one of the most depressing songs I've ever heard. The line, "but not even home can be with you forever" is a brutal truth that is often hard to face.
    bakedalaskaon April 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI don't find it depressing at all, this is a wonderful song about what home is, and how growing up we have one view of it, while growing up means having to change that definition. In the song he's recalling his dreams of home as a kid, the final line isn't necessarily "depressing" or "brutal" but simply very real, and beautiful in it's simplicity. This is a song everyone can relate to (unless you still live with parents) which is probably the most beautiful thing about it.
    reds21on September 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe last stanza kills me:

    "And I hear that song sometimes and imagine us much more than friends - like if we stayed in this town, bought the first house that went up on sale, and how each Christmastime would bring in-laws and snow days and holiday mail."

    He imagines life with her but knows it will never happen; and that's what makes the subsequent reality sound so profound its simplicity: "your dad says you've been living in Georgia, since last September." I imagine him visiting her house over Christmas, finding out she's not home.
    mikecon December 25, 2009   Link

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