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SOTD: (I want to) come home

The above Paul McCartney song, (I Want To) Come Home, is featured in the movie Everybody's Fine. I had never heard of the film until I found this song on YouTube. I really like the message and the video, so I bought the movie off Amazon and watched it.

It was OK. It was fine. I wouldn't necessarily watch it again, but I wasn't mad that I paid like $7 for the DVD. The song is from the year 2009. I wonder why he never plays it at his more recent shows. Maybe he will in Liverpool!

The track was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Song.

  • McCartney wrote this emotional ballad for the 2009 Robert De Niro movie, Everybody's Fine. In the film De Niro plays a widower learning about his grown children. The former Beatle decided to contribute after seeing an advance screening of the movie. Director Kirk Jones told The Associated Press: "I love the fact that it was written and sung by a man who has lived a life and experienced a number of things that were related to the movie. I think it was sung with heart and passion and with honesty as well."

  • McCartney, who lost his wife Linda in 1998, acknowledged that he shed some tears when he saw a screening, as he identified with De Niro's character. "The fact that he's lost his wife and has grown-up children with situations of their own and is trying to get them all around the table - I could relate to that quite easily," he told The Associated Press. He added that he wrote the song from the perspective of De Niro's character. But after writing it, he realized it could also be heard from the adult children's view and maybe he was considering that subconsciously. "That's the best stuff," he said. "The magic of songs and the magic of composing is you don't always know what you're doing, and that's what hooks me into it, and why I could never stop composing."
For so long I was out in the cold
And I taught myself to believe every story I told
It was fun hanging onto the moon, heading into the sun;
But it's been too long
Now I want to come home

Came so close to the edge of defeat
But I made my way in the shade keeping out of the heat
It was fun shooting out at the stars, looking into the sun;
But it's been too long
Now I want to come home

Home, where there's nothing but sweet surrender
To the memories from afar
Home, to the place where the truth lies waiting
We remember who we are

For too long I was out on my own
Everyday I spent trying to prove I could make it alone
It was fun hanging onto the moon, heading into the sun;
But it's been too long
Now I want to come home
Home

For so long I was out in the cold
But I taught myself to believe every story I told
It was fun hanging onto the moon, heading into the sun;
But it's been too long
Now I want to come home
Yeah, it's been too long
And now I want to come home

Been too long
Now I want to come home

Read the lyrics above. The song fits the theme of the movie like a glove.

kk