♫ Homeward Bound ♫

I really thought I had played this one before, but a trip into the archives tells me I haven’t.  This may not be the best quality sound, but it is from a live concert they did in Central Park, and I like seeing them up close and personal, rather than just the song playing and a photo of an album cover to look at. 

Paul Simon lived in Brentwood, Essex, England when he wrote this song. When traveling back from Wigan, where he was playing, he got stuck at the train station and wrote this. The song has a double meaning: literally, wanting for a ticket home to Brentwood, but on the other hand, yearning to go to his home in the US.  Says Simon …

“That was written in Liverpool when I was traveling. What I like about that is that it has a very clear memory of Liverpool station and the streets of Liverpool and the club I played at and me at age 22. It’s like a snapshot, a photograph of a long time ago. I like that about it but I don’t like the song that much. First of all, it’s not an original title. That’s one of the main problems with it. It’s been around forever. No, the early songs I can’t say I really like them. But there’s something naive and sweet-natured and I must say I like that about it. They’re not angry. And that means that I wasn’t angry or unhappy. And that’s my memory of that time: it was just about idyllic. It was just the best time of my life, I think, up until recently, these last five years or so, six years… This has been the best time of my life. But before that, I would say that that was.”

The song was released as a single on January 19, 1966 by Columbia Records, and also appears on the duo’s third studio album, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme from the same year, although it was recorded during the sessions for their second album Sounds of Silence and included on that album in the UK.

The song performed very well in the U.S., peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining on the charts for 12 weeks. Internationally, the song performed best in Canada, where it hit #2; it was also a top five hit in the Netherlands, and hit #9 in the UK.

Homeward Bound
Simon & Garfunkel

I’m sittin’ in the railway station
Got a ticket to my destination
On a tour of one-night stands
My suitcase and guitar in hand
And every stop is neatly planned
For a poet and a one-man band

Homeward bound
I wish I was
Homeward bound
Home where my thought’s escapin’
Home where my music’s playin’
Home where my love lies waitin’
Silently for me

Every day’s an endless stream
Of cigarettes and magazines
And each town looks the same to me
The movies and the factories
And every stranger’s face I see
Reminds me that I long to be

Homeward bound
I wish I was
Homeward bound
Home where my thought’s escapin’
Home where my music’s playin’
Home where my love lies waitin’
Silently for me

Tonight I’ll sing my songs again
I’ll play the game and pretend
But all my words come back to me
In shades of mediocrity
Like emptiness in harmony
I need someone to comfort me

Homeward bound
I wish I was
Homeward bound
Home where my thought’s escapin’
Home where my music’s playin’
Home where my love lies waitin’
Silently for me
Silently for me

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Paul Simon
Homeward Bound lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

20 thoughts on “♫ Homeward Bound ♫

  1. Oh, one of my favorite, soul-touching traveling songs. I spent twenty in the military, and often traveled, usually alone. After retiring and becoming a civilian, I wound up in marketing, doing trade shows or going to hospitals and watching cardiovascular procedures (I was an angioplasty product manager). While I was in California with my team, my management was variously in New York, Connecticut, or Georgia. I was on the road a lot. Many times, as an aircraft lifted off to take me to another city, a little “Homeward Bound” would steal into thoughts.

    Cheers

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    • Wow … you have been everywhere, done a bit of everything. First, I thank you for the 20 years of your life you gave for this country. But how the heck did you decide to get into the medical marketing field? I am a hermit … even a weekend trip to the Smokies leaves me homesick, though I do love the mountains. Of course, it has been years since I’ve traveled because of the special floof needs in our household, and that suits me okay. But, I digress … I’m glad you liked the song!

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    • I’m glad you liked it … and surprised you’ve not heard it, for it was one of their biggest hits. I am going to try to find some joy this weekend, to put this whole mess aside for at least a few hours. I’ve been so wrapped up in U.S. politics that I’m afraid I don’t know what is happening in your country … I’ll take a look this weekend, though. There was a time that I stayed on top of international politics, but of late, I simply haven’t had the chance. Have a great weekend, Michael … go for a nice hike in the woods, enjoy nature, and forget the mess for a while.

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  2. Jill, it is a terrific song and message. In his bio, Simon had been invited to England as he and Garfunkel were having a hard time breaking through with record sales. This trip apparently rejuvenated Simon. Keith

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