Bublé wrote this with his musical director Alan Chang and with Amy Foster-Gillies, who is the daughter of the songwriter David Foster (who wrote "Glory Of Love
" and "You'll See
"). Foster-Gillies' songwriting credits include "Home To Stay" by Josh Groban and "Stand Up For Love" by Destiny's Child.
Chang and Foster-Gillies told AOL the story of this song. Chang started off: "He [Bublé] had the first few lines of the song written when he came to sound check one day. He was expressing the sentiment we've all felt of wanting to be home after being gone for a long period of time. When I first heard what he had to say, I felt it might be too much of a complaint, especially since it was about being stuck in Europe, where we happened to be. I thought to myself, 'Oh great, complain about being stuck in Europe.' But I thought basically it was a good idea, so I figured I'd just go with it and try to come up with music that would fit that theme."
Chang and Bublé were unable to complete the song that day but their paths crossed again a few months later when they were taping the television show Las Vegas
. Chang recalled: "Michael was doing a guest appearance on the show and I was there with him, and there was a piano in the room where we were waiting in between takes for the show. So I sat down at the piano, and we worked on it again and my part of it came together. Then we sent it on to Amy."
Amy Foster-Gillies took up the story: "My dad introduced me to Michael before he was even signed to a record deal. I was living in Los Angeles at the time, so we became fast friends. He stayed at our house and he helped host my daughter's fifth birthday party. He's such a good human being and he promised me that any success that he had he would include me. I just thought to myself, 'Yeah sure.' But he did! The first opportunity he had to write an original song, he called me and asked me to help out. Just like Alan said, when I first heard the song I thought it was about bashing Europe too. I knew it shouldn't be like that because he goes to Europe a lot. So I really wrote the lyrics about just the difficulties of being away from home. I think it worked out really nice and balanced between sort of longing to be home but still knowing there is a gratefulness about where he is."