One night in Iowa
He and I in a borrowed car
Went driving in the summer
Promises in every star

Out in the distance
I could hear some people laughing
I felt my heart beat back
A weekend's worth of sadness

There was a farmhouse
That had long since been deserted
We stopped and carved our hearts
Into the wooden surface

We thought just for an instant
We could see the future
We thought for once we knew
What really was important

Coming up close
Everything sounds like welcome home
Come home, and oh, by the way

Don't you know that I could make
A dream that's barely half-awake come true

I wanted to say
But anything I could have said
I felt somehow that you already knew

We got back in the car
And listened to a Dylan tape
We drove around the fields
Until it started getting late

And I went back to
My hotel room on the highway
And he just got back
In his car and drove away

Coming up close
Everything sounds like welcome home
Come home, and oh, by the way

Don't you know that I could make
A dream that's barely half-awake come true

I wanted to say
But anything I could have said
I felt somehow that you already knew

Coming up close
Everything sounds like welcome home
Come home

Coming up close
Everything sounds like welcome home
Come home, come on home


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"Coming up Close" as written by Aimee Mann

Lyrics © TIL TUNES ASSOCIATES MICHAEL HAUSMAN ARTIST MGMT

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    General CommentI like this song as well but then there are so many Til Tuesday songs I love. If on the album “Voices Carry”, the band related tales of the failed relationship between then band member Michael Hausman and Mann—among others [I don’t feel this was the sole influence] and the album “Everything’s Different Now” portrayed the aftermath of Mann’s relationship with Jules Shear, then perhaps “Welcome Home” and this essentially title track song told of Mann and Shear when things were looking up.

    The three albums recorded by Til Tuesday until the band broke up contain great songs that really didn’t find the larger audience they were deserving of in one sense but perhaps they were always little gems depicting the anguish of rocky relationships along with the fragments of love left behind—surprise gifts of song for the discerning listener.

    I just love Mann’s wail “Come on home” followed by the ooh ooh ooh ooh oohs at the end of this song. The beauty of some songs is that a day, a feeling, the joy of new love—can pass but the essence of the associated emotions can be captured to be enjoyed over and over again.
    sillybunnyon August 05, 2006   Link

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