"Don't Leave Home" as written by and Dido/armstrong Armstrong....
Like a ghost don't need a key
Your best friend I've come to be
Please don't think of getting up for me
You don't even need to speak

When I've been here for just one day
You'll already miss me when I go away
So close the blinds and shut the door
You won't need other friends anymore
Oh don't leave home, oh don't leave home

And if you're cold, I'll keep you warm
If you're low, just hold on
'cause I will be your safety
Oh don't leave home

And I arrived when you were weak
I'll make you weaker, like a child
Now all your love you give to me
When your heart is all I need
Oh don't leave home, oh don't leave home

And if you're cold, I'll keep you warm
If you're low, just hold on
'cause I will be your safety
Oh don't leave home

Oh how quiet, quiet the world can be
When it's just you and little me
Everything is clear, everything is new
So you won't be leaving will you

And if you're cold, I'll keep you warm
And if you're low, just hold on
'cause I will be your safety
Oh don't leave home


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"Don't Leave Home" as written by Rollo Armstrong Dido Armstrong

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    General CommentThis song sounds a little bit obsessive/overly possessive to me. I suppose it could be taken to be sweet, but it sounds to me more like she doesn't want him to go anywhere without her or do anything without her or talk to anyone except her (I mean, really- 'you won't need other friends anymore'?) I like it anyway, though. ^_^
    bouncybluepenguinon April 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI actually tend to support the "possessive" idea behind the song. When I first heard it, it really hit home, for it reminded me of an ex-boyfriend from high school, who wanted me to stay close to home instead of going far away to college, as I wanted to do (and did).

    The song sounded to me like everything he was saying, and everything he might as well have said, for those words are exactly the voice of panic that went through my head at that time in my life. His love was, though loving, possessive, and frightening in its simplicity.
    CeliSpiceon May 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe drug addiction theory piques my interest, and it has a number of merits, but two things bother me about it. First, the line "When your heart is all I need." Drugs control the mind of the addicted person: they don't need to demand the heart. Also, the addiction interpretation doesn't really fit with the music, and Dido doesn't usually put such an incongruity between her lyrics and the music. There's more to a song than the words alone, and though it wouldn't be unusual if it were about drugs, a contented feeling for a song about such dark subject matter would be a pretty big departure from her usual style.

    Mattman770: Did Dido say that it was about addiction, or did she just say that it wasn't a love song?
    ElectraInsteadon February 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt might be a bit possessive, but if you think right i mean, when having a partner. Its all about this, dunno i still like this song :)
    drop2on April 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think the line "I'll make you weaker" refers to causing the second person to become dependent on them so that they are less inclined to leave.
    ballouon April 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about drug addiction... it's written from the drug's point of view. It's hauntingly obvious... hence the "I’ve been here for just one day
    You’ll already miss if I go away" and "You won't need other friends anymore". This also explains the "I arrived when you were weak, I'll make you weaker..." You folks were onto the dependency issue, just not the right kind of dependency. The creativity of writing the song from a drug's point of view is brilliant, but ever-so-haunting. This song gives me chills each time I hear it.
    username2004on May 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI dont think it's about a drug addiction at all..it's definitely written about a person. Dido's songs all have that really haunting quality that makes them incredibly touching and sometimes creepy
    like you meant iton May 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti've never thought about drug addictions when i listened to this song but it makes so much sense to me. i don't think dido could be THAT possessive of a person...but a drug could be and she knew it... ahhh where'd you find that kind of info, browneyed?
    emreeon September 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's crazy how songs mean different things to people - for me my current experiences always make a song have a different meaning than if i were going through something else at the time

    as for this song, to me it is about a girl who is really falling for a boy...although they dont really know each other that well they are perfect and made for one another. The girl is basicaly saying 'trust me, i will take care of you and i am all you need'.

    personally, a guy i am talking with right now and starting to get close to (i think we are perfect for each other) will be moving away and i feel this song fits perfectly "don't leave home"...i feel it expresses everything i am feeling/experiencing .........."if your cold I'll keep you warm" exactly what i want him to know
    AnotherLonelyDayon November 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhile at Dido's concert in San Diego in May, she mentioned the meaning of this song. Didn't tell us who it was about or the full background, but she said that many were mistaken to think it is a love song. It is a song about addiction. Although I think it makes a good obsessed love song as well :)
    mattman770on November 22, 2004   Link

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