I'll lose some sales and my boss won't be happy
But I can't stop listening to the sound
Of two soft voices blended in perfection
From the reels of this record that I've found
Every day there's a boy in the mirror
Asking me "What are you doing here?"
Finding all my previous motives
Growing increasingly unclear

I've traveled far and I've burned all the bridges
I believed as soon as I hit land
All the other options held before me
Would wither in the light of my plan

So I'll lose some sales and my boss won't be happy
But there's only one thing on my mind
Searching boxes underneath the counter
On a chance that on a tape I'd find

A song for
Someone who needs somewhere
To long for

Homesick
Cause I no longer know
Where home is


Lyrics submitted by prolix21

Homesick Lyrics as written by Erlend Otre Oeye Eirik Glambek Boe

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  • +7
    My Interpretation

    Woweee. I just love this song. The soft way the voices blend together are an obvious imitation of S&G's style. This whole song has a lovely 60's vibe to it, seeming to play off a lot of popular songs from that decade. The lyrics match the melody perfectly too, and even though I've only heard this song, I already love Kings of Convenience, they must be geniuses. =) But what I really wanted to say was how this spoke to me directly....especially the last few phrases:

    "a song for someone who needs somewhere to long for

    homesick cause I no longer know where home is"

    It nearly made me cry, because having grown up in a foreign country and only visited my 'homeland' a couple times has left me with a strong sense of...homesickness. It's like I always feel homesick. I don't know where I'm from, where I fit in, where I should go. And this song expresses those feelings so hopelessly and perfectly. It makes me feel sad, but it also feels good to know that somebody else has felt the same restless, empty homesickness... At least I have Heaven, the place I can really call home - but until I get there, this will be my theme song. So that's my interpretation of this song. =D

    musicgypsyon April 23, 2011   Link
  • +5
    General Comment

    So I've been a college student for about 4 years now... and I'm probably not going to be graduating on time. I've just been feeling a bit lost and this constant feeling of homesick no matter where I'm at. Even if I am "home" I still get that empty uncomfortable feeling, and it just makes the feeling worse because I am "home".

    I feel like when I look at myself in the mirror there is this voice inside me asking me "are you happy here?" or "what are we going to do next? what's the plan?" ....

    I feel like that's what this song is about. I thought I was the only one who felt like this but glad to see that I'm not :)

    blueberryhearton December 06, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    Such a good song, but ever so sad. WoW....a real tearjerker.

    ILUVUon May 27, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Makes me think about heaven - or at least, a home that has no address, where God lives. Listened to this a lot last term - my first term at uni - to remind myself that I don't belong in a place, only in friendships and relationships and in church. Plus the Kings don't seem to care about jobs! Only music. And that's how I feel now. :)

    _ellieon January 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I'll also add that I know alot of people in their mid 40's and 50's that came to the conclusion that something was missing in their life- some misticism, perhaps, something to dream about as we do when young. Some activity, or sight or sound that brings out the emotion in us.

    As to this example, I picture a frustrated person working on an office of some sort - and how dull his life is, with nothing to dream about, no big emotions, just a blank life. So he listens to this song - yes, it reminds me of Simon and Garfunkel too - and suddenly he has something to hang on to... a beautiful picture, if you ask me.

    ceelaron July 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song is me.

    I think its about finding home in music, because home is no where else.

    testemunhaon January 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    B-E-A-UTIFUL!!!!! yeh i agree with testemunha he's deffinately tring to find some answers in the music. Does he work in a music store or something? its a really fantastic song.

    sOCS479on January 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I agree about the meaning. It also seems to have a lot of Simon and Garfunkel references: the title, 2 soft voices blended, boy in the mirror, bridges... And the sound of the song. Breathtaking.

    josephtheleviteon January 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    It's an unbelievable song - definitely something to do with Simon and Garfunkel, you just have to listen to the harmonies to hear it.

    musical_snobon March 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Beautiful song, indeed. My favorite on Riot...

    a town like parison May 06, 2005   Link

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