Home Thoughts From Abroad

Album: Home Thoughts (1973)

Songfacts®:

  • Home Thoughts From Abroad is a well known short work by the famous Victorian poet Robert Browning (1812-89). This self-penned song shares the title and nothing else, beginning with the spectacularly unhumorous tautology "I could be a millionaire if I had the money". It's difficult to believe this was written by an English teacher.

    "You know, Home Thoughts From Abroad is such a beautiful poem".
    He got that right at least. Ward's dubious contribution to our English heritage was released as the B-side of his biggest hit "Gaye". >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

Comments: 3

  • Terry. from SurreyThat first comment perfectly illustrates the difference between a pedant with no soul and a very sensitive person beautifully expressing his painful feelings and emotions, and not without a little wry humour. I think it’s a beautiful song , well constructed and sung with great feeling.
  • Kevin From Dublin from DublinA fine Singer Songwriter is C.T. Ward. Sound track to my growing up in 70s 80s.
  • Jarvis from London, UkThe first comment is a bit mean-spirited and unimaginative, with all due respect. The song is about someone trying to write to his ex and see if they can get back together, and clearly can't think of how to go about it - making mundane conversation about the house, seeing if she still feels the same, etc. Hence he starts with a lame tautology, and it becomes clear he is scratching around before finally admitting "I miss you, I really do". The English singer Rumer did a great version of the song recently, incidentally.
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