What do you think they would say
If I stood up and I walked away
Nobody here really understand me
And so I'll wave goodbye I'm fine

Tones of home said
You don't know the way I'm living
You don't like me
Tones of home, tones of home
And so I'll wave goodbye.
I'm flyin' I'm flyin' home

And I always thought this would be
The land of milk and honey
Oh but I came to find out
That it's all hate and money
And there's a canopy of greed holding me down.

See I'm so high to you, so I'll fade away
I said your on your own
Your mom and daddy said,
That your sister said, and your brothers saying
Everybody is saying
Everybody, is saying I, eye God I gotta go!!

All my friends patronize me and
They say yo hey boy!
Have you found what your looking for.
It seems they don't really know me 'cause it's here
And it's what they can't see.


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    This song is about Shannon going to Hollywood for the first time with their label... to do some album shit or something. "Land of Milk and Honey", isn't that LA?

    _turkishon November 10, 2004   Link
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    It seems it's about leaving home to move out to LA. He's saying he never really liked where he grew up, and he didn't think the people really knew him or shared the same ideas, so he left. He decided he'd move out of Indiana and move to California, where everything would be better. But he finds out that it's not better there, in fact it is worse.

    He realizes that he's used to smal town life and wants to go home. But even when he's home, the same people are bugging him, only this time he is okay with it. Because he knows he is where he belongs.

    It's kind of, the you don't know what you've got untill it's gone moral.

    Redsand187on April 29, 2005   Link
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    yea i have to agree with redsand187 and this is my favorite song by them its soo good...well all of there songs are

    zeppy19991on May 19, 2006   Link
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    i agree redsand

    Poison Prostituteon March 23, 2007   Link
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    I believe I read somewhere, or heard it in an interview, that this song is about how Blind Melon's time in Los Angeles was less than enjoyable. Also that they wished to return home.

    From a general viewpoint, this song is about home sickness and a longing desire to leave, in this scenario, Los Angeles. When he returns home no one understands why he wishes to say there.

    dbieon12on March 31, 2007   Link
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    ..."wishes to stay** there"...

    The lines, "Nobody here really understand me and so I’ll wave goodbye I’m fine, I'm fine", seem to say that 'Blind Melon' has no problems with leaving there fame and fortune in Los Angeles

    dbieon12on March 31, 2007   Link
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    Indiana is an odd place (Shannon's from Dayton, Indiana) , god you despise it. Yet when you're away it seems to linger in your mind. God Bless Shannon, good guy too bad I never got to meet him.

    delaon April 27, 2007   Link
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    Shannon is actually from lafayette, indiana. He was born in Dayton but he considershimself from Lafayette.

    goodgollymissmollyon August 24, 2008   Link
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    The song is about their perceptions of LA, but it is from the whole band. Shannon wrote the first verse, Rogers the second, and Brad the third.

    Deacon May 17, 2009   Link
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    "Tones of Home is somewhat autobiographical. Brad wrote the last verse, I wrote the middle verse, and Shannon wrote the first verse. So the song is sort of about our collective view of leaving our repressed, conservative environments and becoming more aware. My verse was about how I viewed Los Angeles when I first got here. I was so disillusioned. I assumed it was gonna be this Utopian environment with lots of great musicians playing, all wanting to do different things. There would be good music going on, and it wouldn't be hard to find other musicians with similar ideas. Obviously, you have to wade through a lot of slued to find that."

    To me this song speaks about wanting to get away from wherever it is that you call home, and moving to another location that you consider to be the land of your dreams. But everywhere it's pretty much the same, there's diverse people no matter where you live you just have to find them and connect with the ones who share the same ideals. And as you get older it's harder to meet new people, where you grew up is where you met the majority of your friends so as much as you might hate home it's better than a new location because of your friends.

    AbsentMindedon June 23, 2010   Link

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