"Home is Where the Hatred is" as written by and Gil Scott-heron....
A junkie walking through the twilight
I'm on my way home
I left three days ago, but no one seems to know I'm gone
Home is where the hatred is
Home is filled with pain and it,
Might not be such a bad idea if I never, never went home again

Stand as far away from me as you can and ask me why
Hang on to your rosary beads
Close your eyes to watch me die
You keep saying, kick it, quit it, kick it, quit it
God, but did you ever try
To turn your sick soul inside out
So that the world, so that the world
Can watch you die

Home is where I live inside my white powder dreams
Home was once an empty vacuum that's filled now with my silent screams
Home is where the needle marks
Try to heal my broken heart

And it might not be such a bad idea if I never,
If I never went home again
Home again
Home again
Home again

Kick it, quit it
Kick it, quit it
Kick it, quit it
Kick it, can't go home again


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"Home Is Where the Hatred Is" as written by Gil Scott-heron

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  • +2
    General Comment"Home is where the hatred is"

    That is one incredible line, so much meaning there, and such a clever play on words...Respect, man, respect
    vieireson July 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis some is about how he was addicted to Herion
    Jadoon January 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti'm not at all into funk or anything like that, straight punkska and hardcore. but damn i love this song. so much damn meaning to it. "home is where the needle marks try to heal my broken heart." that line got me alot. i got a couple of my friends to listen to it and not try to criticize but to just listen. it was freakin' moving as hell. its amazing, i love this song. anyways, this song is just about how gil scott hated the city he lived in and didn't feel like he could go back, andi think he moved away from all the bad influences later.
    thelastpunkkidon June 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFantastic poem about a junkie who came from a bad place and is now in an infinitely worse one.
    The last line is ambiguous, hopeful and doomed, likely on purpose - can he quit, or is he ready to give up and die?
    suzzelon July 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThelastpunkkid, I think its a bit deeper than simply hating 'the city he came from'

    Personally I think home is very specific to Gil's own parental home. I think it was a place of great misery to him, which perhaps led him to turn to drugs, which made the situation worse as he was then outcast by his parents and given no support.

    " stand as far away from me as you can and ask me why
    hang on to your rosary beads
    close your eyes to watch me die
    you keep saying, kick it, quit it, kick it, quit it"

    You dig?

    His parents, perhaps conservative and religious, couldnt accept him, they looked on in fear from a distance and simply turned their backs on him until such time as he kicked the addiction.
    vieireson July 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI believe his 'home' is his addiction.

    "home is where i live inside my white powder dreams
    home was once an empty vacuum that's filled now with my silent screams
    home is where the needle marks
    try to heal my broken heart"

    "and it might not be such a bad idea if i never, if i never went home again"

    And while it's easy to say "kick it, quit it," physically it's not that simple, but he does know it would be best to quit.

    But as iterated below... He can't
    kick it, can't go home again
    shortiekton November 03, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThese lyrics sound like they could have been written by some mopey, adolescent angst-fueled teenager.

    BUT, this guy makes them sound *real*. Love it. It's always interesting when you find a song that reads like it could have been written in 2011. He sings it with this understated emotion, making it hard not to be moved...unlike some other bands lately that come off as whiny and attention-seeking.

    Gil Scott Heron was an amazing writer and conveyer of words, and it's a fucking shame that the only reason I'm aware of him is by hearing the news of his death.
    Aquarius121on May 31, 2011   Link

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