"Welcome Home" as written by Ben Hayslip and Steven Dale Jones....
I go outside to find the middle of nowhere
everyone needs their own empty stage
just like the sky with no beginning or ending
or reading a book without a last page

Stop and turn around
and say it with your eyes closed
you don't need to welcome me home
stop, turn around
try looking with your eyes wide open

As we live our lives
through a series of glances
and you smile without smiling
for a whole another year
I think we need a little bit more understanding
I think the future is already here
so I won't ask you to

Stop and turn around
and say it with your eyes closed
you don't need to welcome me home
stop, turn around
try looking with your eyes wide open
welcome home


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    General Commenti love this song! it's definitely one of my favorite idlewild songs. i love the harmony at the end when roddy's just singing "welcome home" over and over. anyway, on to the meaning... i think it's kind of like he's trying to end a relationship, but he still loves her. and they haven't been fighting or anything, but they've just grown apart... so he's breaking up really gently because he doesn't want to upset her or himself, he thinks it's better for them to move on. when he says "you don't need to welcome me home" he's saying stop trying so hard, i know it's not working, it's ok. anyway that's one interpretation, but i think it can also be listened to as a love song.
    also, has anyone else noticed roddy woomble's references to acting/theater? like in this song he talks about "everyone needs their own empty stage" and in el capitan he says "in a cast that's taking places, i'm unsure of where i'm meant to be". also on his recent solo album there's a song called act IV. maybe it doesn't mean anything, but as an idlewild fan and a wannabe actress i find it a really cool metaphor.
    esoteric_rubbishon September 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAlong with many Idlewild lyrics this leaves me slightly confused as to the real 'meaning' of the song - esoteric_rubbish's theories sound as good as any as I've heard, but either way this is a great song!
    matt675on March 26, 2009   Link

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