♫ Homeward Bound ♫ (Redux)

I debated tonight between Simon & Garfunkel or Chad & Jeremy … S&G won the debate!

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

13 thoughts on “♫ Homeward Bound ♫ (Redux)

  1. U may have heard this song back in the day. The lyrics are so timely, from the 70s!
    “I’d Love to Change the World” by Ten Years After

    Everywhere is freaks and hairies
    Dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity
    Tax the rich, feed the poor
    ‘Til there are no rich no more

    Oh yeah!

    World pollution, there’s no solution
    Institution, electrocution
    Just black and white, rich or poor
    Senators stop the war
    I’d love to change the world
    But I don’t know what to do
    So I’ll leave it up to you

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  3. The first time I heard this song it was on Glen Campbell’s album “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” … it was the second song on the album. I didn’t know that it was a Simon & Garfunkel song until at least two or three years later. My mother loved Glen Campbell & I have always loved him, too. Glen did a great cover of this tune. But a great song is a great song, ya know?

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    • I don’t think I was aware that Glen Campbell had covered this one. I’ll check it out. Yes, just like some artists could sing the phone book and make it great, some songs are great enough to withstand the test of many voices. Glad you liked it!

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  4. Mind-reading much, Jill? While considering how to comment on yesterday m7sicmpisy I thought of two songs, both by aSimon and Garfunkel. This was one of them. It actually tells a story. I like songs that tell stories. But I have to go to YouTube to hear this one, the video you selected is not available in Canada. I don’t get that. What is wrong about Canadians?

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    • Heh heh … a fun thought, but no, I think I’ll not try to read your mind, for some days it’s a scary place! Then again, some days so is mine. I’m sorry it wouldn’t play in Canada! I never know until I publish it and hear from you guys. I wonder if they were able to play it in the UK? I haven’t heard yet …

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