"Home" as written by Vanessa Carlton and Stephan Douglas Jenkins....
Some people live in a house on a hill
And they wish they were someplace else
There's nobody there when the evening is still
Secrets with no one to tell

And some I have known
Have a ship where they sleep
With sounds of rocks on the coast
They sail over oceans five fathoms deep
They can't find what they want the most

And even now
When I'm alone
I've always known
With you
I am home

And some live in towns
Cardboard shack on concrete
All blustered, and bustling life
They search for the color
You can never quite see
Â??Cause it's all white on white

And even now
When I'm alone
I've always known
With you
I am home

And even now
When I'm alone
I've always known
With you
I am home

For me it's a glimpse
And a smile on your face
A touch of your hands
An honest embrace

For where I lay, it's you I keep
This changing world
And fall asleep
With you all I know is
I'm coming home
Coming home


Lyrics submitted by hellboi

"Home" as written by Gary Bradford Mark Hornby

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentIt's pretty simple. "Home" means something different to everyone. Some people are always searching for a home. Some have it, but are unhappy and isolated. And for some, it serves as just a shelter without that feeling of love, comfort, belonging, etc. And finally, Vanessa describes what "home" means to her, which is a place with this certain somebody. It's a sad, but beautiful song.
    Silencioon January 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt is interesting that you bring up the 'five fathoms deep'. I think she means it both literally and metaphorically in that the person is looking for relationships and people but they are sailing over shallow waters/people (hence 5 fathoms deep.) It could also possibly mean that the person who is searching is shallow themselves.
    savedaliceon November 07, 2009   Link
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    MemoryI used to listen to Vanessa Carlton's songs a lot. This one brought the most feelings for me. Especially now when being stuck in a world where people are just trying to find a meaning and find a place for themselves, I would have to say my 'Home' is not of this busy and scattered world.
    CNikkion July 29, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is deeper than talking about houses....

    The song starts by giving an example of what some people are like. A place to live is used as a metaphor for someone to trust and confide in.

    There are three main groups she addresses that don't have a good "home". "Some people live in a house on a hill..." suggests that there are people who do not have anyone to talk to because they seclude themselves up on a hill (isolate themselves from relationships) and they spend their life dreaming about what they will never have. Others ("have a ship where they sleep...") also don't have anyone, but they try really hard to find one ("sail over oceans five oceans deep/they can't find what they want the most"). Finally, "some live in towns..." describes someone who lives in a cardboard box, i.e. a homeless person. They obviously don't have anyone.

    Then the song shifts to where she describes what she has; she does have a home, or a person to trust. The chorus reiterates this "With you/I am home". The final two stanzas are used to describe her relationship a little better. The "glance/and a smile on your face" lights up her day; touching hands or embracing also brings her home. Whenever she is with this person, she is home and happy.
    chip19on October 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's very simple. Home is people, not a house. Home is love, not a building. Home is trust, not strong walls or beautiful furniture.
    Rinse_It_Awayon October 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRinse it away..
    That was extremely simple, but you hit the meaning of it, (To me) dead on.
    Home isn't just a place.
    It's a feeling too. You can be at your house and still feel awkward.
    You can be with your love sleeping in a box, and you can feel more at home than you ever had in a house.
    that's what this song means to me
    Eternal_Abysson February 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome lyrics corrections:

    "For me it's a glance" and

    "I fall asleep"
    hellboion August 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think "Home" is about the sense in all of us that no matter what happens to us, we can always, at the end of the day, go home and see those that care about us the most.
    thecraftteenson August 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentcompletely agree with chip19, in fact took the words right out of my mouth.

    the instrumental is so beautiful, Vanessa doesn't get the recognition and credit she so rightly deserves.
    lovelyboneson October 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful :]
    tetsco!on November 17, 2007   Link

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