Odes to homes

Songs for rainy summer sundays, dedicated to homes.

My Tennessee Mountain Home by Dolly Parton. Country songs of course dominate the category of nostalgic songs about home and the innocence it stands for, but nobody does it quite as well as Dolly.

Our House by Madness. Although a different kind of home, the level of nostalgia is the same: “I remember way back then when everything was true, and when we would have such a very good time, such a fine time, such a happy time.”

Nostalgia now on the verge of self-pity: Alone In My Home by Jack White

Being slightly less emotional and slightly more critical about the petit bourgeois idea of home: Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds

Two Story House by Tammy Wynette and George Jones. In an even more critical approach Tammy and George are shocked when they find out that their physical surroundings are in dissonance with their emotions: “Now we live (yes we live) in a two story house, oh what splendor, but there’s no love about.”

But R. Stevie Moore has clearly overcome nostalgia, self pity and the hollowness of modern life and realized he just likes to stay home: I like to stay home by R. Stevie Moore

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4 thoughts on “Odes to homes

  1. Thanks. Pleased to have found your blog. Like your subject and these song choices! Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (plugged in now .. Maybe some Finnish tango one day !)

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