Met this girl called Josephine and took her up on my machine
We had a little fun and now we got a little one
Had to get married, being chased out of town
Found ourselves a place to live, we put all our money down

Call it Home Sweet Home, home sweet home
Eleven floors up in a tower block
Happy just to have a home
I've gone and changed the lock on our home

Nothing really worked out right, things got broke,
They stayed that way
None of our friends came around at night and little Sam got
No place to play
"We've got to get out of here, Bill" she said "I've been telling
You all the while"
When I came home from work that night she'd jumped out the
Window with our child

From our Home Sweet Home, home sweet home
Just a place to take a rest, just a place to make our nest
We call it our home

When the insurance money came through seemed dirty didn't know what to do
Took the cash went down the casino, down on the wheel on the double
And I won, oh yes I won, like I never won before
Bought myself a country house with an antique carved oak door

It was Home Sweet Home, home sweet home
Just a place to lay our head think of all those things we said
About in our Home Sweet Home.

Lyrics submitted by Davey D

Home Sweet Home Lyrics as written by Peter Gabriel

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    General Commentpretty self-explaining, right.. one of the clearest peter songs i've ver heard to be honest. in my oppinion, josephine was too quick. she should've heard the gentle voice of kate bush singing "don't give up" before she took little sam and jumped out the window. very sorrowful.
    carrotkinson May 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsong is based on a mother in Newmarket, who killed herself - was widely reporrted in the press at the time
    dunbreedinon April 17, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoverwhelmingly sorrowful
    orphan_yachtson October 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery sad story. It's basically self-explanatory. When I first heard it I thought it was a cover of another aritst, partly because of the names used (I thought they had to be real people) and partly because the lyricism was so clear and so unlike Peter's normal writing style. I wonder how he chose the names for the characters, if they were based on real people or if they were named on a whim.
    EnduringChillon January 15, 2013   Link
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    General CommentWow. I've had this record for years, but this is the first time I ever read the lyrics along with the song, really changes the meaning when you actually know what he's saying. Thanks.
    Up2Lateon June 28, 2013   Link

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