"Home" as written by Connie Rae Harrington and Michael O'brien....
The night's synthetic half-light
Rolls over your steering wheel
I'm closing my eyes just for a while

(Can you call me when we're almost halfway)

The house
The first thing I see
Filled up with a family
Surrounded by city and by sea

Can you call me when we're almost halfway)
Will you wake me when we're almost halfway
I don't wanna take this trip alone

A saint is chasing a snake
For everybody's sake
And so they go burning cars

(Can you call me when we're almost halfway)

The mother prepares the weapon
Before handing it to son
Who watches his daddy runs

(Can you call me when we're almost halfway)
Will you wake me when we're almost halfway
I don't wanna take this trip alone
Cause I'd never reach my home

The flames wander through the city
And set fire to the sea
Then out of the blaze appears a face

(Can you call me when we're almost halfway)

A girl with a look in her eyes
As if to say, "I despise
Such poisonous family ties"

(Can you call me when we're almost halfway)

But a poison as sweet as nectar
Could never forget or neglect her
It carries her home and closes her eyes

(Can you call me when we're almost halfway)

So she goes back under
Swallows the water
Fixes her face like a good little daughter
And follows her family
Who follow a saint and a snake

(Can you call me when we're almost halfway)
Will you wake me when we're almost halfway
I don't wanna take this trip alone
Cause I'd never reach my home
No I'd never reach my home
No I'd never reach my home
Home

(Can you call me when we're almost halfway)
(Wake me when we're almost halfway)
(Can you call me when we're almost halfway)
(Wake me when we're almost halfway)
(Can you call me when we're almost halfway)
(Wake me when we're almost halfway)
(Can you call me when we're almost halfway)
(Wake me when we're almost halfway)


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"Home" as written by Michael O'brien Connie Rae Harrington

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  • +1
    General CommentThe saint and the snake refers to saint patrick who chased the snakes out of Ireland apparently...
    a saint is chasing a snake for everybodys sake so they all go burning cars, i think refers to saint paddys day itself when everyone gets drunk and often burn out cars....
    The stuff about the little girl getting poisoned and drowned is quite but I still adore this song, in fact the entire album is genius, there is not one bad song on the album!!
    beezybeaston August 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationShort: an universal song about the complicated relationship to family

    Long:

    (This is what I first thought when I started to listen to it, I'm deliberately ignoring some readings.)

    I interpret it as a description about the Irish nationalist/unionist or protestant/catholic -trifle. But it could well apply to any family in times of crisis, internal or external.

    "surrounded by city and by sea"
    Could be his homeplace Dún Laoghaire, but for some reason I thought of Donegal near the northern border.

    "A saint is chasing a snake
    For everybody's sake
    So they go burning cars"

    Reference to riots & violence, happening in the 80's and early 90's in Northern Ireland, and it sounds quite cynical a statement - like he's asking "we love our country - but what good does rioting/burning cars/wrecking the place do to it?"

    Rest could be a description of what it's like to grow up in a family that is involved in a conflict, literally or ideologically. ("Family that follow the saint and the snake") could reference to the Nationalists that want to drive the British out of the country like St. Patrick drove the snakes. " "

    The girl is sick and tired of the conflict, and it causes her to struggle internally - but no matter how she wants to escape it ("I despise such poisonous family ties") it will always affect her life because she can't deny her heritage. Maybe she ("goes back under, swallows the water, fixes her face like a good little daughter") gives up and joins the cause, because she doesn't want to disappoint her family? Or just, being a child, doesn't have any choice but tag along and witness.

    The title/tagline sound like the narrator is bored of this trip, and just wants it to end so he can be at his home without the complicity - but the reason he puts up with it are the people/person close to him (I don't wanna take this trip alone) that makes him stay. Maybe a sibling or someone who shares his view of things... To me the sentiment seems to be "home is where the heart is" - without the person he begs to call him there wouldn't exist any home to reach.
    OR
    (Call me when we're almost halfway) could be that he wants both sides of the conflict to drop their arms, make a compromise and meet each other in the halfway, that he rather sleeps than supports a black-and-white view of things that isn't willing to do that.

    ----
    Ah, I'm just shooting in the dark, I'd definitely want to hear him discuss this song. I love it.
    frank999on December 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA reluctant trip home to Ireland to visit family members.

    Cyberghoston October 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor me, every time I listen to it, I think about a girl growing up in a small cult in a secluded forest near the ocean and then running away to redefine what her "home" is.
    GetInspiredon January 10, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI see this song on two levels - on the one hand commenting about the conflict in Ireland, on another about the nervousness in a trip to see a new partners family for the first time.
    I like the reference to St Patrick because it places the song in the Irish conflict without picking sides. It might be a cross community relationship. The lines about the girl "despising such poisonous family ties" and later "Fixes her face like a good little daughter, And follows her family" describe the girl being indoctrinated into her culture, but could be the boy trying to get straight in his own head how the girl can belong to a community he hates. The lines about never reachin his home might mean his own family will reject him because of this relationship.
    Rattledon July 11, 2013   Link

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