Song of the Day #2,119: ‘Home’ – Tim McGraw

dancehall_doctors‘Home’ is a track from Tim McGraw’s great album, Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors. Just about every song on this album is a winner.

The beginning of this song has always struck me as very similar to the opening notes of Elvis Costello’s ‘You Bowed Down.’ You can compare for yourself here.

I doubt the composers of this song copied Costello, and the notes aren’t exact anyway, but it has always distracted me.

However, I doubt there is much overlap between those who own Costello’s All This Useless Beauty and Tim McGraw’s …and the Dancehall Doctors so I’m probably alone in this.

Mama’s got her apron on
Standing in the kitchen
Cooking up my favorite dish
Whatever she is fixing
Daddy’s in a picture in a frame
That’s always sitting by the phone

Daffodils are popping up
Out behind the clothesline
Underneath that tree I planted
When I was just a boy of nine
Man I never can believe
Just how much it’s grown when I go

Home
Back home
To the gentle place that held be close
As I became a man
And the streets are all familiar
And an old friend shakes my hand
And I feel fine
So fine
Yeah, knowing that this road I’m wandering on
From time to time
It always leads me home

Brother, he’ll be waiting with the
Latest from the grapevine, saying
Man you won’t believe them stories
About those crazy friends of mine
And all them little scandals
That a small town can’t seem to leave alone

Later on we’ll sit around
Bellies tight from supper
Telling all them stories
That we just can’t get enough of
And somewhere in an honest laugh
It’ll finally hit me that I’m

Home
Back home
Where the memories all have gathered up
And slowly turned to gold
And I carry them along with me wherever I may go
And I feel fine
So fine
In knowing that this road I’m wandering on
From time to time
It always leads me home
Back home

Well I go and put some flowers down at daddy’s stone
And I see that empty space beside him
It always makes me glad that I came

Home
Back home
Where the Bible is the Bible
And the angels get their wings
And the circle is unbroken
When I hear them church bells ring
And I feel fine
You know I feel so fine
Yeah, knowing that this road I’m wandering on
From time to time unwinds
Cross the rivers, through the pines
It always leads me home

Back home
Yeah I’m going back home
Back home

One thought on “Song of the Day #2,119: ‘Home’ – Tim McGraw

  1. Dana says:

    Yes, they are similar, but there are only so many notes and chords. Did you ever hear/watch the video where the maker discusses the most overused 4 chord combinations in rock music and proceeds to play dozens of hit songs that have used them? It really brings home the point about the commonality of music composition, but also makes you appreciate how changes in tempo, instruments, styles, etc. can disguise that commonality to the casual listener.

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