I know this super highway
This bright familiar sun
I guess that I'm the lucky one
Who wrote that tired sea song
Set on this peaceful shore
You think you've heard this one before

Well the danger on the rocks is surely past
Still I remain tied to the mast
Could it be that I have found my home at last
Home at last

She serves the smooth retsina
She keeps me safe and warm
It's just the calm before the storm
Call in my reservation
So long hey thanks my friend
I guess I'll try my luck again

Well the danger on the rocks is surely past
Still I remain tied to the mast
Could it be that I have found my home at last
Home at last

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Home at Last Lyrics as written by Walter Carl Becker Donald Jay Fagen

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  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is parallelling the life of any man on the road to that of Odysseus in the Oddysey. The allusion to the Sirens is very evident, and I think it somehow turns into a man who doesn't really want to settle down, but finds himself sticking around one town for some reason. A misses, I'm guessing.
    thegauchoon February 24, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOr he's married to a wench that he's in love with and no matter how much effort he puts into making her life better, she still abuses him.

    Yet...he's in love with her as evidenced by the "sun" and the "safe and warm" imagery.

    This is a relationship, folks. Plain and simple--it's the good and the bad.

    And that's alright with him.

    I see the "superhighway" as the boring old routine of familiarity you get with a long relationship.
    GreyBlueEyeson August 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe protagonist is definatly Odysseus, coz the chorus is simply 2 references to arguably the worst troubles he and his crew encountered in the Odyssey, i.e. "danger on the rocks", Scylla and Charybdis, and remaining tied to the mast past the sirens. Also, verse 2 is Odysseus talking about his time captured with Calypso, with the last two lines probably a reference to the bag of winds granted to him by Aeolus, which his crew opened, subsequently leading to several more tormenting years out at sea. The first verse may be thoughts during his time with Calypso, or maybe his sight of Ithaca for the first time in 20 years. :):):)
    plumbumon April 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGreyBlue guy - I think you are onto something with the love theme. Perhaps about a sexually abused girlfriend who can't get close to him, waiting for her to come around, not being able to leave...

    Good lyrics can allow the reader to relate their lives to those words, as if it were written for them, and this one is hitting the nail on the head for me so thats why I see it this way.

    "I know this super highway," - is love, which scoops you up and takes you along, you don't seem to have a choice. We have all been there before {"This Bright familiar sun"} but he isn't so sure about how the girl is responding, the whole thing is confused {"I~~ guess that I'm the... lucky one"}.

    "this peaceful shore" - again, is love, as has been going on forever and ever in humans...but not quite like this {"you THINK you heard this one before"}

    But even as time passes and she learns to trust him {"the danger on the rocks has surely past"}, he can neither leave nor progress to real intimacy with her [not just just about sex, btw]

    She is nice to him {"smooth retsina" } but she has a bit of anger in her... {"calm before the storm"} because most abused women have those outbursts.

    Calling in the reservation is the commitment to loving her, maybe marriage. He has been married before. He will try his luck again.

    I wonder if she ever warmed up to him? And was it Becker or Fagan that knew the sexually abused girl? I bet they both knew more than one, since it is so common.

    Karlinon August 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe aldergador is 100% correct. It is simply about Walter and Donald wanting to get out of LA.
    I counldnt imagine why!!LOL!! people from Ca are pompous asses. They are new yorkers;and Walter iam surprised at you living so long in hawaii. Yeah ask the boys how they feel when they play at the Beacon In the Big Apple. At least Donald lives upstate!! I wonder Donald how much dope you were shooting in your time! Thank God for Rehab!!
    mrsagflyon March 19, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI see the connection, but Odysseus knew and was prepared for his arrival at (whatever the name of his home island is -- i forget) for some time, so the whole idea of "Could it be that I have found my home at last" doesn't fit. However, if "found" really means reached, than it makes sense, as Odysseus at one point was minutes away from his island before being blown off course again.
    MickeyPhillyon April 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentat first he's in a relationship and he's gotten to where he feels comfortable and he thinks well maybe this is how i'll spend the rest of my life. then she turns into a real bitch and he leaves,and he eventually starts to feel comfortable with being single again so he thinks well maybe THIS is how i'll spend the rest of my life. and the pattern continues...
    tennisluvr71on February 29, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe protagonist has gone through the most temptation in his life, and reflects now that he's happy at home with his one true love. He's past the sirens of temptation, and still remains 'tied to the mast'... i.e. happily married.
    'you think you've heard this one before'... meaning you think you're going to hear about a long oddysey.. but the protagonist never made the whole odyssey, because he knows he's happy where he is. "So long hey thanks my friend", bidding farewell to his friends who still 'play'....
    rainwalkon March 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust to prick all you Greek historian balloons, but I've always liked to think that it was one of the first odes to the Internet (they've used the term "superhighway" more than once, for example 'IGY' (where I'm pretty certain that's exactly what it meant)); but 1977 is probably a bit too early...

    Darn them Fagen 'n Becker boys.
    winstonfgon March 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGod I love the chorus of this song
    gdoggon June 19, 2009   Link

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