"This is Not Like Home" as written by and Anthony Dekker....
In from the oceans they came
Vision of shirt and a name
But these lands they are wild
And these hands they are tame

Don't forget your own
Wilderness wish; it gets buried in snow
Call it home
It's lumber and stone

Stranded and free
This is not like home
This is not like home
And you feel alone
In a world that's not your own

Not at all, Not at all
Not at all, Not at all
Not at all, Not at all

Awake at the break of the day
It's working, it brings in the pay
There's a lonely dirt road
Leading back through the trees
There's a wagon that takes them away

Don't forget your own
Wilderness wish; it gets buried in snow
Call it home
It's lumber and stone

Stranded and free
This is not like home
This is not like home
This is not like home
This is not like home


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"This Is Not Like Home" as written by Anthony Dekker

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    My InterpretationI like to think of this as the story of Canadian settlers coming in from Europe in the early days. They left behind poverty in hunger-stricken Ireland for a dream of opportunity in the new world, but what they found was hard work and a harsh climate. While they ultimately made better lives for themselves, it was not at all the dream they had seeked. For as long as they lived, they could never stop longing for their old countries.

    It's easy to relate to this for any of us who have had dreams of leaving our dull lives behind, and just going away. We dream of it for ages, and when we finally can go, it's so much less than what we expected. So much so that we even miss home - it wasn't perfect but at least everything wasn't strange. Our dreams, as it were, get buried in snow.

    On a higher level, "This Is Not Like Home" is about the fundamental impedance between our desires and reality, when it hits. We're never quite content with what we have; we are always haunted by secret desires, but if we finally get them, it's a sad anti-climax until the next dream builds. And so we are trapped forever by desire. Stranded and free.
    haakonon June 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite Great Lake Swimmers songs. It reminds me of living out in the middle of nowhere.
    nonnycrieson September 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis makes me think of starting out anew, leaving everything behind in search of that simple country life "wilderness wish" but as much as you think that you want it....it never feels like home.
    Cyberghoston April 16, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti feel like this song is about the shortcomings of people.

    Wanting to find some way of living, looking for a place to settle down but failing. The world itself isn't welcoming, and you learn to forget what you want, what you have wished for back when you yourself were wild like the world.



    warmerclimeson May 04, 2011   Link

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