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composers
Lyrics: Kerr
Music: Burchill / Goudie


publisher
Copyright Control / Copyright Control / Chrysalis Music
© JKMC-Bucks Music Group Ltd / Hornall Music / Copyright Control (Post 2013 credit)


background
This song was demoed for Black And White 050505.

"Courtesy of Charlie Burchill and Gordy Goudie, I wrote a song the other day and I am thrilled as to how it has developed. It is called Home.

The notion behind the words of this song, comes from the idea that a few months before it is born, a child has the most perfect enlightened consciousness with regards to its environment. Spiritually speaking, at that point of existence the unborn child is in a total perfect paradise state!

Home, uses metaphors to describe an imagined return journey to that consciousness." - Jim

"There are a number of songs on the album that will make great singles but I feel that the way Home kicks in with Charlie's signature soaring guitar riff, there could be no better way off announcing to the world that Simple Minds had recaptured the kind of uplifting musical spirit that defined our best work. Lyrically, Home is a pop song with a spiritual heart, taking us on a secret journey through the thoughts of someone who is desperately seeking out their own inner crusade. - Jim

Several interviewers and commentators have suggested that the song's about Taormina which is incorrect.

The original Trixton Porteno Mix featured the melody of Theme For Great Cities. Not wanting to approach EMI for permission, the track was very subtly altered, sampled and replayed - so it's almost Theme but not quite!

"Home is great. As soon as you hear Charlie's riff, you’re hooked. It could have been a classic riff by Magazine and Banshees guitarist John McGeoch. We keep adding new chapters. They refresh the story. You don't feel like a museum piece. Charlie and I have been music fans since as long as I can recall. We still are."




lyrics
God gave me travelling shoes,
God gave me the wanderer’s eye,
God gave me a few gold coins to help me to the other side.
Looked around and said "Be careful how the small things grow,"
God gave me travelling shoes,
And I knew it was time to go.

Sent in the ship at night,
To take me to the hidden port.
Found me the key at last,
To open up the prison door.
Brought down the blackbird's wings,
Gifted me with beggar's eyes.
Sent in the jackals,
To tell me I should say bye, bye, bye.

I'm home,
Home,
Home,
Home,
Home.

And I'm home,
Home,
Home,
Home,
Home.

But I'm miles and miles and miles,
Miles and miles away.
Where can I hide?

God gave me one last chance,
Gave me one last reprieve.
Jah gave me hunger,
Gave me the air to breath.
Gave me one suitcase,
Gave me one last goodbye.
Gave me travelling shoes,
Without them I would surely die.

Home,
Home,
Home,
Home,
Home.

Home,
Home,
Home,
Home,
Home.

I'm miles and miles and miles,
Miles and miles away.
I'm miles and miles and miles,
Miles and miles away.
Where do I go?
Where can I hide?

Home,
Home,
Home,
Home,
Home.

And I'm home,
Home,
Home,
Home,
Home.

And I'm miles away.
Miles away.
Miles away.



discography
Snippet (2:03)
Produced by Jez Coad and Simple Minds
Arranged by Jez Coad and Simple Minds
Programmed by Jez Coad
Engineered by Arjen Mensinga and Michiel Hoogenboesem
Mixed by Bob Clearmountain

Black And White Snippet CD
Edit (4:03)
Produced by Jez Coad and Simple Minds
Arranged by Jez Coad and Simple Minds
Programmed by Jez Coad
Engineered by Arjen Mensinga and Michiel Hoogenboesem
Mixed by Bob Clearmountain

Home Promotional CD Single Home Promotional CD Single Home Mini CD Single Home Promotional European CD Single Home Promotional US CD Home Promotional US CD Home Promotional US CD

Album Version (4.22)
Produced by Jez Coad and Simple Minds
Arranged by Jez Coad and Simple Minds
Programmed by Jez Coad
Engineered by Arjen Mensinga and Michiel Hoogenboesem
Mixed by Bob Clearmountain

Home Maxi CD Single Home European CD Single Black And White Promotional Sampler CD Black And White Promotional CD #1 Black And White Promotional CD #2 Black And White US Promotional CD Black And White US Promotional CD Black And White US Promotional CD Black And White Japanese Promotional CD Black And White Japanese Promotional CD Black And White Argentinian Promotional CD Black And White Thailand Promotional CD Black And White 050505 CD Black And White 050505 Japanese CD Black And White 050505 Russian CD Black And White 050505 Eastern European CD Black And White 050505 Argentinian CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Promo CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Promo CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + 2CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + 3CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Australian Promo 2CD The Music Of Simple Minds

Trixton Porteno Mix (5:39)
Produced by Jez Coad and Simple Minds
Arranged by Jez Coad and Simple Minds
Programmed by Jez Coad
Engineered by Arjen Mensinga and Michiel Hoogenboesem
Mixed by Bob Clearmountain
Remix by: Tom Rixton

Home Maxi CD Single Home European CD Single

Live Version (3rd November 2009) (4:47)
Recorded: Arena, Vienna, Austria
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (6th November 2009) (4:42)
Recorded: Neon Concept Club, Ancona, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (8th November 2009) (4:46)
Recorded: Gran Teatro Di Padova, Padova, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (27th November 2009) (5:11)
Recorded: Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (28th November 2009) (4:49)
Recorded: Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Version (18th December 2009) (4:26)
Recorded: Autostadt Piazza, Wolfsburg, Germany
Mixed By Concert Online

Boxed USB Stick Boxed MP3 Player

Live Acoustic Version (February-May 2015) (3:22)
Recorded: Big Music Tour 2015
Recorded By: Olivier Gerard
Mixed By: Olivier Gerard at Jet Studios

Live Big Music Tour 2015




downloads
Live Version (16th Feb 2006) (4:35)
Recorded: Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
Recording Engineer: Patrick Demoustier
Mixed By Jez Coad, Charlie Burchill and Andy Gillespie

Black And White Live Bundle #5

Live Version (3rd November 2009) (4:47)
Recorded: Arena, Vienna, Austria
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (6th November 2009) (4:42)
Recorded: Neon Concept Club, Ancona, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (8th November 2009) (4:46)
Recorded: Gran Teatro Di Padova, Padova, Italy
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (27th November 2009) (5:11)
Recorded: Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (28th November 2009) (4:49)
Recorded: Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download

Live Version (18th December 2009) (4:26)
Recorded: Autostadt Piazza, Wolfsburg, Germany
Mixed By Concert Online

Concert Online Download




videography
Edit (4:03)
Produced by Jez Coad and Simple Minds
Arranged by Jez Coad and Simple Minds
Programmed by Jez Coad
Engineered by Arjen Mensinga and Michiel Hoogenboesem
Mixed by Bob Clearmountain

Home promo video Home single Black And White EPK Black And White 050505 CD


Live Version (7th April 2015) (3:37)
Recorded: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK


Big Music YouTube




live history
Intimate Tour: 2005
Black And White Tour: 2006
Celebrate 30 Years Live Tour: 2008
30 Years Live European Tour: 2009
Graffiti Soul Tour: 2009
Festival Show Tour: 2010
Final Shows: 2010
Greatest Hits Forest Tour: 2011
Big Music European Tour: 2015