Ain't seen you in quite a while
Seems I forgot how your face looked when you smiled
The interest in you that I gave
The interest in me that you faked

Have you heard that I'm coming home
As much as I can? I've always been out on the road
I'll let you know when I'm in town
So I just might see you when you come around

Turn on the light, ready or not
I'm not what you wanted, but I'm what you've got
Open the door roll, out the mat
Welcome is welcome, but you'll take it back
When I come home

I wish it could be like it was
When we were young, those memeries fading to dust
I'll let you know when I'm in town
So I just might see you when you come around

Turn on the light, ready or not
I'm not what you wanted, but I'm what you've got
Open the door, roll out the mat
Welcome is welcome, but you'll take it back
I'm burden and bound, you're on the loose
I feel secure, so untie this noose
Gasping for air, trying to get free
You say you'll find me, I say we'll see
When I come home


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    General Commentthis song is talking about the man (william) coming home to see an old friend (or lover) that he hasn't seen in a long time, (Open the door roll, out the mat Welcome is welcome, but you'll take it back
    When I come home)- these lines are referring to how he is or wants to be greeted when he comes back home. he obviously feels a little worried about coming home, he mentions gasping for air, and being tied by a noose, but the person he is coming home to see makes him feel "secure" so it perhaps may be her parents. the history between the writer and the audience seems to be broken at some point in the past, so his parents or one of his parents may be a good idea for what this songs is talking about
    tallyskylightson May 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe only one person has posted on this song. To me it seems quite simple: William is describing the feeling of returning home and contacting a past lover. The line "I wish it could be like it was when we were young" makes me lean towards this since a parent would not be young at the same time he was. It also shows they have been at this for some time since they have been together since they were young.
    "I'm not what you wanted, but I'm what you've got" - sounds like the lover he is talking about is stuck with him and wishes she was with someone else. I know William often writes about his divorce, so this song could be about that.
    Overall the song describes a relationship that has fallen apart. It appears that the writer and the woman he talks about used to be much closer, but now it is brushed off as "I just might see you when I come around." She does not want to be with him, but he is all she has. She welcomes him for the moment, but he knows that will change. You can feel the sadness he feels that this is what it has come to.
    bigstew1724on March 27, 2012   Link

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