"Where Is Home?" as written by and Kele/lissack Okereke....
Off to the funeral making cola knots
We sit and reminisce about the past and in her voice only sadness her only son taken from her
In every headline we are reminded that this is not home for us
In every headline we are reminded that this is not home for us

Second generation blues or points of view not listened to
Different worlds and different rules of allegiance

Claiming to the bible and a spatula the memory of the way things were
I do not see how I cannot smile I deal with anger all the time

You'll win, what they did to the black men

In every headline we are reminded that this is not home for us
Where is it?
Where is home?
Where is it?
Where is home?

I walk this mountain tired of lunity and belligerence
This told me what a flat wave is getting me down

I want to stamp on the face of every young policeman today
And break the fingers of every old judge to cut off the feet of every ballerina I can

So I decide
I decide
I pretend that there's nothing wrong

The teeth of this world take me home and every day
I must ask myself, where, where, where

Where is it?
Where is home?
Where is it?
Where is home?

In every headline we are reminded that this is not home for us
In every headline we are reminded that this is not home for us


Lyrics submitted by Intrik, edited by bl3hhh

"Where Is Home?" as written by Kele/lissack Okereke

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    General CommentThis another one of Bloc Party's songs that is about the black race.
    The song is describing how badly treated some black people wtill are and that they have no home as some places they are kicked out of.
    The lines "I want to stamp on the face of every young policeman, To break the fingers of every old judge" suggest that even the law sometimes has things against black people.
    If more people listened closely to Bloc Party's songs, they could always tell that they are expressing some very strong points, mostly political.
    calvins48on December 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentActually the song was written after the highly publiscised a stabbing of a British Nigerian kid who was family friends with Kele. (Kele is a second generation Nigerian who grew up in Britain)

    It's about the racism that Kele and others have experienced throughout their lives. As a second-generation Nigerian he neither belongs here nor there, "This is not home for us."

    Ironic, no? That when there is an incident with anyone who isn't caucasian there is an automatic reference to their ethnicity in the papers. It's always an African-American or a man of Middle Eastern appearance.
    siobson February 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAre points of you not listen to (?)
    This is actually "Are points of view not listened to"
    calvins48on December 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI can't help but feel like a patronising, opinionated bastard on this website...so here goes.

    The and third verse are about the death of an older female relative, the singer's connection to 'the past' i.e. the first generation immigrant's to Britain (although no specific country is mentioned explicitly)

    The chorus throughout deals with the singer's and from my experience, most second generation minority group's problem of identity. Being aligned with two, often very separate ideologies and values. "Clinging to her bible and her scapular", "Different worlds and different rules"

    (Referencing this back to myself again, sorry) The lines "We all learn, what they did
    To the black race" reminds me of learning about the holocaust in school, being Jewish, there was a certain awkwardness which I felt. The causal, often unknowing racism which I encountered whilst being taught about this was a marked contrast with the way which the holocaust was talked about at home.

    "I want to stamp on the face of every young policeman
    To break the fingers of every old judge
    To cut off the feet of every ballerina" - This verse seems to have come from nowhere, but the singer is articulating the inarticulate hate he he "burn[s] with...all the time".

    And someone else can do the rest. I think I've gone a bit ott here.
    Adsaron February 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the bit about hurting the polics is about police intitutional racism
    mbthegreaton February 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe album came out This past Tuesday...

    Anna Nicole Smith died, yesterday, two days later, this Thursday.

    Upon listening to the song it imediately hit me, these lyrics are insanely identical to what Anna Nicole experienced in the last 5 months of her life. For those who do not know, her 20 yr old son, Daniel died of heart complications 5 months ago, and 3 DAYS after her new baby girl came into the world. What else could these lyrics be written about but her sons death and the consequential publicity parade?

    Birth and Death...coming and going...Where is Home anyway?
    QueenGreenon February 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentits about kele's cousin who was stabbed to death in london, over a racial argument.:). "what they did to the black boy" and his anger over the situation
    tell me a jokeon February 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYup, from last month's Guardian interview:

    "The words to 'Where is Home?' begin at the funeral of Christopher Alaneme, the black teenager stabbed in small-town Kent last April. Okereke describes him as a cousin, although they weren't related by blood; their mums, both Nigerian, were very good friends. Okereke says that ultimately the song is about the fostering, by right-wing newspapers, of a fear of 'The Other'. That is, black youth in hoodies. And how that then means opportunities denied."
    slightlysaneon February 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIs the line, 'To cut off the feet of every ballerina' not referring to the English ballerina, Simone Clarke, who, it was recently discovered, is on the British National Party's membership list?
    calum999on February 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song was written before the ballerina thing. And, yes, it is about being from a minority ethnic group in this society. And the fear of 'the other'.
    webb girlon February 23, 2007   Link

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