"Come On Home" as written by and Emily Ann Saliers....
Dark clouds are coming in like an army
Soon the sky will open up and disarm me
You will go just like you've gone before
One sad soldier off to war with enemies that only you can see

Dishes stacked, the table cleared
It's always like the scene of the last supper here
You speak so cryptically that's not news to me
The flood is here it will carry you
And I've got work to do

Come on home, the team you're hitched to has a mind of its own
But it's just the forces of your past you've fought before
Come back here and shut the door
I'm stacking sandbags against the river of your troubles

There is fire there is lust
Some will trade it all for someone they could trust
There's a bag of silver for a box of nails
It's so simple the betrayal
Though it's known to change the world and what's to come

Just come on home, the team you're hitched to has a mind of its own
But it's just the forces of your past you've fought before
Don't you recognize them anymore
I'm stacking sandbags against the river of your troubles

There's the given and the expected
I count my blessings while I eye what I've neglected
Is this for better, is this for worse?
You're all jammed up and the dam's about to burst.

I hear the owl in the night
I realize that some things never are made right
By some will we string together here
Days to months and months to years
What if everything we have adds up to nothing

Come on home, the team you're hitched to has a mind of its own
But it's just the forces of your past you've fought before
Come back here and shut the door
I'm stacking sandbags against the river of your troubles


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"Come On Home" as written by Emily Ann Saliers

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    My InterpretationThis is all just my opinion, I don't know the official artists' interpretation.

    The first paragraph, using analogies of war and speaking of "disarming" the singer while arming her partner, makes it clear the artist considers this to be a battle for her partner and not for her. But the next paragraph starts in about what she brings to the battle, which appears to be tidiness and resolve. The Last Supper in the Bible was an emotional affair but in the end, the decision could not be moved and Jesus' disciples stopped arguing and just supported Jesus.

    "The team you're hitched to has a mind of its own" is a metaphor for her partner having no control over their life and direction, and then the artist points out what actually controls her partner: "It's just the forces of your past you've fought before."

    "Come back here and shut the door"/"Don't you recognize them anymore?" Are cries for help from the artist for her partner to get out of that wagon and regain control, but the rest of the song paints an image of that desire ultimately being useless. "I'm stacking sandbags against the river of your troubles" is another thing the artist lends to her partner for the fight, but shows later in the song that the action is not helping.

    In the second verse, she moves on to wonder whether this is all worth it. "A bag of silver for a box of nails" is another allusion to the Bible, when Judas trades in Jesus for silver and Jesus is subsequently nailed to the cross. It also ties into the general self-sacrificial nature of the song. "There is fire, there is lust"/"Some would trade it all for someone they could trust" is talking about cashing in passion for someone who is stable, who they can rely on. I could take that two ways. Either that's what the artist has done, traded in what she wants for someone she can predict. Or it's what her partner has done, trading in an equal passion for her for someone who will fight for him.

    In the end ("I realize that some things never are made right") the artist is resigned to her fate. She talks about stringing time together to illustrate time just mindlessly passing, and she's worried--or knows!--that it will amount to nothing. She gives her plea one more try, but it is calm as it fades into instrumentals and the song itself fades away, and we the listener knows that she was right.
    jade118826on July 18, 2016   Link

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