Friday, May 10, 2013

Paul Simon and George Harrison: Homeward Bound

This music video, joining George Harrison to Paul Simon, is taken from a 1976 performance on the TV show, “Saturday Night Live.” The American folks song speaks about the longing to be home, after travelling so much as a performer and a musician. It at times seems hollow, the pretense and the performance, coming together to nothing really important, when compared to what is awaiting at home.

Home, where my love lies waitin' silently for me

Homeward Bound
by Paul Simon

I'm sittin' in the railway station, got a ticket for 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

[Chorus:]
Homeward bound, I wish I was homeward bound
Home, where my thoughts 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

[Chorus]

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 and harmony, I need someone to comfort me

[Chorus repeats 2x]