Created By: Worldmaker on December 31, 2011 Last Edited By: Trueman001 on October 13, 2013

Songs of Homesickness

Songs that talk about how traveling sucks and how the singer just wants to go home.

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Songs of Homesickness are songs that, as the name implies, are about how homesick the singer is, how much he wants to go home, and sometimes how he just can't do it for whatever reason. Quite often, the song is not just about how much the singer longs to return home, but how sick and tired the singer is of touring and how he just wants to stop and return to his family.

Contrast Wanderlust Song, which is the exact opposite.

Examples:

Acid Jazz

Adult Contemporary

Blues
  • An early episode of SpongeBob SquarePants ("Texas") has Sandy singing a Blues song about how much she misses her homeland of Texas which brings all of Bikini Bottom to tears.
  • "Georgia On My Mind" by Ray Charles. Originally written about a woman named Georgia, but The Cover Changes the Meaning in his version to make it about (a somewhat personified form of) the state.
  • "Blue Bayou" by Roy Orbison.

Country
  • "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and "Leaving On A Jet Plane" - John Denver
  • "Oh My Sweet Carolina" by Ryan Adams.

Disco
  • Rivers of Babylon, Boney M. A cover of an earlier reggae song adapted from Psalm 137.

Folk and Traditional
  • "I Miss My Home" by Gaelic Storm.
  • "Five Hundred Miles", writer unknown (probably Woody Guthrie), performed by Peter Paul & Mary
  • "Home! Sweet Home!" by John H. Payne and Henry R. Bishop, is an Older Than Radio example, having been written in 1823. It was particularly popular among soldiers fighting on both sides of the American Civil War.
    'Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
    Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home!

Folk-Rock

Heavy Metal
  • "Home Sweet Home" by Motley Crue
  • "Inis Mona" - Eluveitie
  • "Mama I'm Coming Home" - Ozzy Osbourne

Rhythm & Blues
  • "Goin' Back To Indiana" by the Jackson Five.

Rock
  • "All My Lovin'" - The Beatles
  • "Beth" by KISS.
  • "Christie Road" - Green Day
  • "Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi.
  • "Wheel in the Sky" - Journey
  • "I'm Going Home" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • "Forever Together" by Foxy Shazam has the singer talk to the listener, saying things like "At the end of the day it's not funny, I miss my family far away" and "Travel's said to broaden the mind, but I'm just losing mine."
  • "Goin' Back to Utah" by the Osmond Family.
  • "2000 Miles" by the Deluxtone Rockets. "2000 miles but my heart is still back home with you. / So many miles away, my love for you still burns so true."
  • "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
  • "Home" by The Foo Fighters.
  • "Stop!", Pink Floyd, The Wall.

Ska
  • "Two More Weeks", by The W's, is about their experience touring. "Two more weeks to go / then we can go home!"

Surf Rock
  • "Sloop John B" by the Beach Boys, which was adapted from the Bahamian folk song "The John B. Sails", which dates back to 1917, at least.

Theatre

Unsorted
  • "Turn the Page" by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.
  • "Come Monday" by Jimmy Buffett
  • "Faithfully" by Journey.
  • "Louie Louie" (The Kingsmen's garbled lyrics notwithstanding) is about a man contemplating going AWOL in order to see his gal back home.

Community Feedback Replies: 39
  • December 31, 2011
    JonnyB
    Sloop John B by the Beach Boys.
  • December 31, 2011
    jatay3
    A remarkable number of famous war songs are this.
  • January 1, 2012
    Worldmaker
    • "I'm Going Home" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
    • "I'll Be Home for Christmas" is about a soldier in World War II singing about wanting to be back home rather than being at war.
    • "Home! Sweet Home!" by John H. Payne and Henry R. Bishop, is an Older Than Radio example, having been written in 1823. It was particularly popular among soldiers fighting on both sides of the American Civil War.
      'Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
      Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home!
    • "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
    • "Home" by Chris Daughtry.
  • January 1, 2012
    Arivne
    • "I'm Already There" by Lonestar
    • "Leaving On A Jet Plane" by John Denver
  • January 1, 2012
    ImStillAwesome
    • The movie version of The Wizard Of Oz originally had a Dark Reprise of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," sung by Dorothy while being held captive by the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • January 1, 2012
    Prfnoff
    • "Ohio" from Wonderful Town.
  • May 30, 2012
    Noah1
    • An early episode of Sponge Bob Square Pants has Sandy singing a Blues song about how much she misses her homeland of Texas which brings all of Bikini Bottom to tears.
  • May 30, 2012
    chicagomel
    "A Place Called Home" by Kim Richey. It was used in ''Angel' in the big Tearjerker grief scene after Fred's death.

    I'm thinking maybe R&B, but I'm not terribly good at guessing. Country is another guess.
  • May 30, 2012
    randomsurfer
    "White Christmas" is about Dreaming Of A White Christmas back home instead of in LA with its sunny weather.
  • May 30, 2012
    Surenity
    • Al Jolson's "Mammy", a song about missing ones mother after leaving home.
    • Guns N Roses, "Paradise City"
  • May 30, 2012
    reub2000
    Country

    Rock

    Heavy Metal
    • "Inis Mona" - Eluveitie
  • May 31, 2012
    reub2000
    Okay, posters above, can you edit your post with the genre that the song belongs in.
  • May 31, 2012
    QuestionMarker
    Adult Contemporary Rock
    • "Wheel in the Sky" - Journey
  • May 31, 2012
    cygnavamp
  • June 1, 2012
    QuestionMarker
    "Five Hundred Miles", writer unknown (probably Woody Guthrie), performed by Peter Paul & Mary
  • August 24, 2013
    QuestionMarker
    "Georgia On My Mind" by Ray Charles. Originally written about a woman named Georgia, but The Cover Changes The Meaning in his version to make it about (a somewhat personified form of) the state.

    "Blue Bayou" by Roy Orbison.
  • August 24, 2013
    QuestionMarker
    "Home" by The Foo Fighters Some other troper will have to classify it as the band is definitely Rock but the song probably couldn't be called a rock song.
  • August 24, 2013
    QuestionMarker
    Belle sings the song "Home" in The Musical version of Beauty And The Beast.

    My heart's far,
    Far away,
    Home is too.
  • August 25, 2013
    QuestionMarker
  • August 25, 2013
    QuestionMarker
    Sloop John B by the Beach Boys.

    "Sloop John B" was adapted from the Bahamian folk song "The John B. Sails", which dates back to 1917, at least.
  • August 25, 2013
    QuestionMarker
    Ska
    • "Two More Weeks", by The W's, is about their experience touring. "Two more weeks to go / then we can go home!"

    Rock
    • "2000 Miles" by the Deluxtone Rockets. "2000 miles but my heart is still back home with you. / So many miles away, my love for you still burns so true."
  • August 25, 2013
    QuestionMarker
    Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • August 25, 2013
    QuestionMarker
    Rhythm & Blues
    • "Goin' Back To Indiana" by the Jackson Five.

    Rock
    • "Goin' Back to Utah" by the Osmond Family.
  • August 26, 2013
    Alucard
    Rock
    • "Forever Together" by Foxy Shazam might make a good page-quote. Just before the chorus, the singer talks to the listener, saying things like "At the end of the day it's not funny, I miss my family far away" and "Travel's said to broaden the mind, but I'm just losing mine."
  • August 26, 2013
    QuestionMarker
    Contrast Wanderlust Song, which is the exact opposite.
  • August 26, 2013
    QuestionMarker
    "Louie Louie" (The Kingsmen's garbled lyrics notwithstanding) is about a man contemplating going AWOL in order to see his gal back home.
  • August 26, 2013
    QuestionMarker
    Country Other
  • August 26, 2013
    Alvin
    Country- "I Want To Go Home', written by Kris Kristofferson (I think).
  • August 27, 2013
    Trueman001
    Folk Rock
    • "Homeward Bound" by Simon And Garfunkel. It's possible that "Wednesday Morning, 3AM" (filk) and "Somewhere They Can't Find Me" (the folk-rock version of same) could also bear this interpretation.

    Acid Jazz

    Rock

    That last one could also furnish a good page quote:
    Stop! I wanna go home, Take off this uniform and leave the show...

    By the way, the Beach Boys example is Surf Rock.

  • August 27, 2013
    JonnyB
    Older Than Feudalism: The Bible records songs the Jews sang after being taken into captivity in Babylon. Psalm 137 is one such song. In part: "By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our lyres. For there our captors required of us songs, and our tormentors, mirth, saying, 'Sing us one of the songs of Zion!' How shall we sing the LORD's song in a foreign land?"
  • August 28, 2013
    aurora369
    Way Back Home by Bob Crosby (swing / dixieland jazz), also sounds in Fallout 3 as part of soundtrack.
  • August 28, 2013
    Trueman001
    ^^ That Bible verse was the setting of a classic Reggae song, Rivers of Babylon (don't recall who by), which some years later was given a Disco cover by Boney M.

  • August 29, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Rock

    • "Home at Last" by Steely Dan: some references to Homer's Odyssey.
    • "Two of Us" by The Beatles
    • "Gator Country" by Molly Hatchet: A tribute to the band's home state of Florida, talking about other states in the South they've been but saying "but I'm going back to the gator country where the wine and the women are free".
    • "Jet Airliner" by Steve Miller
    • "In Thee" by Blue Oyster Cult
    • "Can't Find My Way Home" by Blind Faith
    • "People of the South Wind" by Kansas
    • "Lights" by Journey: "I wanna get back to my city by the bay"

    British Country

    [Note: not sure if this is an "official" classification here, but it definitely has a "country" (old school/folkish) feel and it's from the north of England]

    Blues

  • August 29, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Rock

    • "My City Was Gone" by the Pretenders might fit, in that while Chrissie Hynde sings that she did go "back to Ohio" where she was from, she laments that what she remembers of her home turf was gone, to changes she didn't like.
  • August 29, 2013
    DAN004
    Sorry, the "Texas" song from Sponge Bob has double mention. Delete one (in the unsorted).
  • October 13, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Country

    • "Detroit City" by Bobby Bare, about working in a car plant in Detroit but missing his home town down South.
  • October 13, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    "Home" as perhaps a more symbolic concept, a place of centeredness—but lacking that for a long enough time can be like homesickness but profoundly worse:

    Rock

    • "Desperado" by the Eagles is about getting tired of aimless selfish excess and returning to a place of stability and love:
      Desperado, you ain't getting no younger
      Your pain and your hunger, they're driving you home
      And freedom, oh freedom, that's just some people talking
      Your prison is walking through this world all alone
    • "Can't Find My Way Home" by Blind Faith (mentioned above) has a similar metaphoric theme:
      Well, I'm near the end and I just ain't got the time
      And I'm wasted and I can't find my way home
  • October 13, 2013
    DAN004
    Launch plz.
  • October 13, 2013
    arbiter099
    um, not to rain on the parade but isn't just a song title and a genre a Zero Context Example ? page looks full of them.
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