Don't know
What I was looking for
When I went home
I found me alone
And sometimes
I need someone to say you'll be all right
What's on your mind?
But the water's shallow here
And I am full of fear
And empty handed after two long years

Another sunny day in California
I'm sure back home they'd love to see it
But what they don't know is what you love is ripped away
Before you get a chance to feel it

Back home
I always thought I wanted so much more
Now I'm not too sure
Cause sometimes
I miss knowing someone's there for me
And feeling free
Free to stand beside
The ocean in moonlight
And light myself a smoke beneath the
Dark Atlantic sky

Another sunny day in California
I'm sure back home they'd love to see it
But what they don't know that what you love is ripped away
Before you get a chance to feel it

Everybody here is living life in fear
Of falling out alive
Tearing lives apart and breaking lots of hearts
Just to pass the time
And the eyes get red in the back of your head
This place will make you blind
Put it all behind me and
I'll be just fine

Another sunny day beneath this cloudless sky
Sometimes I wish that it would rain here
And wash the west coast dreaming from my eyes
There's nothing real for them to see here

Another starry night in California
I'm sure back home they'd love to see it
But they don't know that what you love is ripped away
Before you get a chance to feel it

Lyrics submitted by rjbucs28

"Back Home" as written by Billy Wayne Yates Betty Key

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    General CommentSo I've been at college for three years now, and I'm from the Gulf Coast. I've been to California considering my dad lives in San Clemente (Orange County.) I love California, I really do. I plan to move there after I graduate from college, but saying that this song doesn't really mean California is fake is wrong. When you're from places like Jacksonville, FL, Pensacola, FL, Mobile, AL, New Orleans, LA.. or really, just about anywhere else in the country. California is very fake. It's being actually very specific about California, or really the west coast vs the east coast.

    "Free to light myself a smoke beneath the dark Atlantic sky."
    I just went to California during Christmas break and a friend came with me who smokes. Everyone gave him completely hell, while here... you're left alone about it. That's absolutely true.

    "Sometimes I wish that it would rain here."
    I mean... how much more specific can you get?

    "There's nothing real for them to see here."
    That's true. That's because a lot of people go to places like L.A. and end up getting into drugs and alcohol and a party lifestyle because things aren't taken seriously out there like they are most places. Say what you want... but if you're actually from the area, you don't see what other people see looking in.

    "The water's shallow here..."
    "Everybody here is living life in fear of falling out of line. Tearing lives apart and breaking lots of hearts just to pass the time."
    My dad talks about this all the time. How the people in Southern California are all looking out for themselves and forget to look out for their neighbors. He tells me all the time not to trust anyone I meet out there. And he's been out there for over 10 years now.

    I think the song is just saying that you think this place is so great because it's idolized and it's where the entertainment business is located. Then you get there and realize that the people around you are mostly all full of shit and you have no real friends. It's beautiful and he recognizes that it is and that no one would disagree, but it doesn't seem real.
    ashleyualaon January 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlooove this song. has significance for me, being first year of college and away from home and all that. just feels significant.
    spidergirlon April 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a more mellow song on the album. There are about 3 mellow songs on the new album, One Year, Six Months, Empty Apartment, which happens to turn heavier near the end, and this, Back Home. Lemme just say, buy the album. They even do a country sounding song, View From Heaven. Hell, the name even sounds country-ish, but they make it sound shweet.
    /-[PunkRockDude]-\on April 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love this song.. another one of my many favorites from yellowcard.. i can totally relate to it and that just makes it even better.
    kiwi07kon April 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commentgood song. what i like about yellowcard is that they write songs on alot ov differnt topics, that also pplz can relate to. veryy cool.. GO YELLOWCARD
    kathyy_xPon May 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's a great song. Its really more about California I think. I dont live there but I know California... its just like a magical, beautiful place you know?

    --Good job on this 1, YC!
    crashnburn5436on May 07, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think that the song is about how california is fake, he didnt know this when living at home and wanted to go there so badly, but now he is here, he realises just how much home meant to him. - music forums.
    lekingon May 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti know its sad but it just reminds me of the show THE OC.

    Its such a nice song to end a great album.
    tommyhaychon May 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song isnt necessarily about how california is fake....its about how its just not EVERYTHING its made out to be by people everywhere. And it just goes to show that no matter where you are there is nothing better than home, wherever you want to call home, where your childhood friends may be or where you grew up or whatever. its just how he may feel homesick.
    fatasschr1son October 12, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song to me, is about having to move somewhere (california) and leave everyone you love behind
    bermudababe273on October 24, 2004   Link

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