Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Making it Home: Musical Edition

As George MacDonald says, “ […] home, as you may or may not know, is the only place where you can go out and in” (Lilith, Ch 1). As my other posts and your comments have already suggested,  “home” can mean a particular place, a season of life, a relationship, a church, and often all those things at once. The journeys into and away from those places, times, relationships can be both joyful and disorienting.  With those meanings of home--and the journeys associated with them--in mind, I started a playlist several years ago entitled “For the Journey Home.” It is filled with songs that speak in some way to the experiences related to home--feeling away from home (or journeying toward home), being at home, and leaving home. 
I have much more to say about home in the coming weeks and months, but for now, I’d rather listen. I hope you’ll listen with me. 

* Feeling away from Home / Journeying toward Home

"Homeward Bound" by Simon and Garfunkel

"Heimweh" (Homesickness) by Edvard Grieg

"Much Farther to Go" by Rosie Thomas

* Feeling at Home

"This is Home" by Switchfoot (one of the few good things to come from the film version of Prince Caspian!)

"The Lakes of Canada" by The Innocence Mission

* Leaving Home

"The Trees of the Field" (This is the song my church sang for me on my last Sunday before leaving for college)

"The Trees of the Field" by Sufjan Stevens (Inspired by the same passage, Isaiah 55, as the song above).

Question: What are your favorite songs about being away from home, enjoying home, or leaving home? Post a link or description below!


  1. Some glad moring when this life is over, I'll fly away.
    To my Home on God's celestial shore [...]

  2. "I'll Fly Away" is on my playlist, too. I would also have loved to include Sarah Jarosz's "Long Journey," but I couldn't find a full version of it online anywhere. Here's a portion of the lyrics:

    I have just begun
    A long journey that will run
    The length and width of summer time
    And the cool fall air will guide me home
    Yea the cool fall air will blow me home

    You'll be miles away
    I want to go, but I wanna stay
    The music beggin' me to go
    But your love can guide me home
    Yea your love can guide me home

  3. "Heaven When We're Home" by the Wailin' Jennys

    Also like "Home" by Dave Barnes

    "To Build a Home" by the Cinematic Orchestra

    "Hometown Glory" by Adele

  4. "one of the few good things to come from the film version of Prince Caspian!"

    You mean you didn't like the daring midnight castle raid?!

    Arcade Fire - Neighborhood 1 (Tunnels)