"Come Home" as written by Alex James and Matthew Gerrard....
It's that time again when I lose my friends
Go walkabout, I've got the bends from pressure
This is a testing time when the choice is mine
Am I a fool for love or foolish with desire
You can throw him out you can spit on him
Call what he does a sin if it makes you feel better

And I can't believe you're all I'll ever need
And I need to feel that you're not holding me
And the way I feel just makes me want to scream
Come home, come home, come home
Come home, come home, come home


After thirty years I've become my fears
I've become the kind of man I always hated
I am pulled apart, and my swollen heart
Has flipped out of the pan into the fire
I am in love insane with a sense of shame
That I threw stones at the condemned and
Now I'm slated


And I don't believe you're all I'll ever need
And I need to feel that you're not holding me
And the way I feel just makes me want to scream
Come home, come home, come home
Come home, come home, come home
Come home, come home, come home


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    General CommentMaskOfSanity, I disagree with your interpretation. I think that this song is about a particular type of desire. This desire being: a desire for somebody who is not your partner. This song is also about the way that this adulterous desire makes you feel about yourself.

    I love this song because I think that any red-blooded person has suffered from an adulterous desire. There exists a myth that once you are in a relationship you can just turn of your passions, as if you were turning of a water-tap. For me, and many others, this is not true. I have often felt an adulterous desire that has made me want to 'scream, come home!'.

    I have never succombed to these desires but that does not mean that they do not exist in me. A great set of lyrics and a great song.

    This song is about the uncontrollable nature of passion. But, I also think that there is a coming of age in this song, it's a buildunsroman where the lyricist realises his own hypocrisy. I think that the lyricist felt that he was different to adulterers, in that he could never even desire another person, once he was in a relationship.

    However, the lyricist finds himself confronted by adulterouss desire and, consequently, by his own hypocrisy.

    I think that ' the need to feel that you are not holding me' is his wish not to be bondaged to his adulterous desire, however, he has come to realise that it is not possible to control sexual desire and that he is attracted to this person and, therefore, feels the same way as adulterers. The people he'd loathed and thought he had nothing in common with.
    pottermeaon October 19, 2011   Link
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    General CommentSurprised there haven't been any comments on this yet... IIRC this song has a double meaning; it's partly about the decline of Tim Booth's relationship with the band's ex-manager Martine McDonagh and how he was feeling like the bad guy in the relationship... and also about Tim's escape from the sect Lifewave that he succumbed to in the mid-80s; he was completely devoted to this group until it collapsed after the guru was found to have slept around.

    Either way, the song is about pure self-loathing and paranoia, the need to 'come home' being the return to one's self and sanctity. Tim has said in interviews that it was through performing this song live that he realized the shamanic impact of James' songs when the crowd sang his lyrics back at him in euphoria, a total release of negative emotions.
    MaskOfSanityon July 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics quoted above don't match the version in this video (which I believe is the album version): youtube.com/…

    The lyrics in that video are:

    It's that time again when I lose my friends
    Go walkabout, I've got the bends from pressure
    This is a testing time when the choice is mine
    Am I a fool for love or foolish for desire

    And I don't believe you're all I'll ever need
    And I need to feel that you're not holding me
    But the way I feel just makes me want to scream
    Come home, come home, come home
    Come home, come home, come home

    After thirty years I've become my fears
    I've become the kind of man I've always hated
    I am in love insane with a sense of shame
    That I threw stones at the condemned and now I'm slated

    I may have paid for sex
    But I was blessed by love
    In this land that's ruled by gods of lust and money

    And I don't believe you're all I'll ever need
    And I need to feel that you're not holding me
    But the way I feel just makes me want to scream
    Come home, come home, come home
    Come home, come home, come home


    I believe that those are the lyrics to the 7" version of the song.

    And I believe that these are the lyrics to the long version of the song (which I have on Gold Mother):

    It's that time again when I lose my friends
    Go walkabout, I've got the bends from pressure
    I am pulled apart, and my swollen heart
    Has flipped out of the pan into the fire

    And I don't believe you're all I'll ever need
    And I need to feel that you're not holding me
    But the way I feel just makes me want to scream
    Come home, come home, come home
    Come home, come home, come home

    After thirty years I've become my fears
    I've become the kind of man I've always hated
    I am in love insane with a sense of shame
    That I threw stones at the condemned and now I'm slated

    I may have paid for sex
    But I was blessed by love
    In this land that's ruled by gods of lust and money

    And I don't believe you're all I'll ever need
    And I need to feel that you're not holding me
    But the way I feel just makes me want to scream
    Come home, come home, come home
    Come home, come home, come home



    I don't know where these two lines come from:

    You can throw him out, you can spit on him
    Call what he does a sin if it makes you feel better
    tetsuo29on June 02, 2014   Link
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    General CommentMany of James' songs include themes of 'madness', especially mood swings. But also, it's about a guy who can't resist the temptation of lust, and feels guilty about that. Songs don't have to be just about that. They are often a mish mash. Especially when the writer is as as good as TB.
    JulyTeenon August 17, 2014   Link

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