Ready To Go Home
by 10cc

Album: ...Meanwhile (1992)

Songfacts®:

  • This song was written by Graham Gouldman in memory of his father, poet and playwright Hymie Gouldman, who died in 1991. In an interview with Mike Cohen of the Jewish Telegraph, Gouldman spoke of his father's influence on his life and career: "I'm always happy to talk about my father. He was the biggest influence on me. I always used to phone him during my 10cc days for help. Kevin called him 'Hyme the Rhyme.' He loved words. He always taught me to be original. He had high standards. He was a genius. What he did for a living was incidental, it was the writing that he lived for. And some of that has rubbed off on me."
  • Morten Harket, who was lead singer of the Norwegian pop group a-ha, recorded this for his 1995 debut solo album Wild Seed.
  • Gouldman included a new version of the song on his 2000 solo album And Another Thing.... In the liner notes of the album, he noted: "It reflects my feelings at the time. I suppose I was trying to put a positive slant on his passing, remembering all the things we had done together and his artistic legacy to me. The last verse of the song best reflects my feelings on this. This song has been recorded by many artists and remains one of my favorites. Very emotional." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Daryl - Stoke, England, for all above

Comments: 2

  • Julio from San Jose, Costa RicaASIA (of "Heat of the moment" fame) covered this song for their 2001 CD "Aura", when John Payne was the main vocalist. They even recorded a version in Spanish, which was availble for mail order, using a coupon included inside the cd package.
  • Glenn from Auckland, New ZealandI believe that when Graham Gouldman sent Eric the demo of the song, Eric said that's fine we'll let Andrew Gold sing this. Andrew sung the demo
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Best Band LogosSong Writing

Queen, Phish and The Stones are among our picks for the best band logos. Here are their histories and a design analysis from an expert.

Graham ParkerSongwriter Interviews

When Judd Apatow needed under-appreciated rockers for his Knocked Up sequel, he immediately thought of Parker, who just happened to be getting his band The Rumour back together.

Sam PhillipsSongwriter Interviews

Collaborating with T Bone Burnett, Leslie Phillips changed her name and left her Christian label behind - Robert Plant, who recorded one of her songs on Raising Sand, is a fan.

Adam Young of Owl CitySongwriter Interviews

Is Owl City on a quest for another hit like "Fireflies?" Adam answers that question and explains the influences behind many others.

WeezerFact or Fiction

Did Rivers Cuomo grow up on a commune? Why did they name their albums after colors? See how well you know your Weezer in this Fact or Fiction.

Chris ReaSongwriter Interviews

It took him seven years to recover from his American hit "Fool (If You Think It's Over)," but Chris Rea became one of the top singer-songwriters in his native UK.