Home Sweet Home

Album: Theatre of Pain (1985)
Charted: 37 37

Songfacts®:

  • In the Mötley Crüe: The End - Live In Los Angeles DVD, bass player Nikki Sixx said of this song: "It was a response to us from being gone so long during Shout At The Devil [1983 album and tour]. It was our first time. A tour bus picked us up at our little tiny apartments and we took off to go play some shows, and 18 months later we got dropped back in our little apartments. I was calling Tommy like, 'Hey, what are you doing?' 'Sitting here. What are you doing?' 'I don't know what to do.' 'I don't know what to do either. Want to grab a beer? How about a bindle of cocaine - that too. And a couple of strippers.'

    We didn't know what to do, so we started writing songs for Theater Of Pain and 'Home Sweet Home' started to come out. The lyrics came out of that feeling of being gone so long and wanting to come back, which is ironic, right? Because all you ever want is to get in a band and go on the road, but then you're on the road and you want to come home."
  • When this song was first released in 1985, it peaked at #89 in the US. In 1991, a new version was released as "Home Sweet Home '91," which made it to #37.
  • The original video, directed by Wayne Isham, stars with a vignette showing each band member getting a phone call and saying, "I'm on my way." The guy handing them the phone in each scene is Michael Berryman, who played the principal in Mötley Crüe's "Smokin' In The Boy's Room" video (which Isham also worked on). Berryman can also be seen in the movies One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Hills Have Eyes.

    For the 1991 re-release, a new video was made, this time a black-and-white clip directed by Matt Mahurin.
  • Speaking with Redbeard, the host of North American syndicated rock radio show and web site, In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands, Nikki Sixx explained how this non-traditional Crüe song would set the bar for hard rock bands to follow. "Bands didn't have a power ballad and MTV as a vehicle to have a hit," he said. "That just wasn't the way it was. After 'Home Sweet Home', every band had the one ballad that came as their second or third single."

    "I think the reason we did it was because it was so anti-Mötley Crüe and it was funny, because it threw us into the mainstream," He added. "Trust me, none of us had the foresight to see that."
  • Nikki Sixx recalled during a 2012 episode of his national radio program, Sixx Sense, how the band had to fight for this song to be included on a record. "Our record company back in the day, Elektra Records, we turned in [1983 LP] Shout At The Devil and they rejected the album," he said. "They said they didn't like it, it didn't sound like [1981's] Too Fast For Love, we changed the logo, we changed our look. And so we said, 'Fine. Then we'll go to another record company.' So [Elektra] put it out [after all], and it sold four million copies. Elektra was about to go bankrupt at the time, and that saved their ass. And then when our next record [1985's Theatre Of Pain] got turned in, with 'Home Sweet Home' on it, they rejected that album. They said, 'This is horrible, and you have to take that song off the record. You guys aren't a ballad band.' So we did the same thing."

    "We were always at war with that record company; they never really believed in us.," Sixx continued.
    "And so we came out with 'Smokin' In The Boy's Room,' and that album blew up. And then we wanted to release 'Home Sweet Home' [as the next single and video], and [the record company] said, 'No way. No way.' So we funded it, we shot the video ourselves, went on MTV and the rest is history."

    "But that song ['Home Sweet Home'] was never a hit single," he added. "They never worked it at radio, they never promoted the song, and if it wasn't for MTV back when they used to play videos, that song wouldn't be the song it is today. But that song's kind of like our 'Dream On' [Aerosmith] or our 'Stairway To Heaven' [Led Zeppelin], right?! … 'Dream On' was not a hit single [either]."
  • Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil recalled writing the song: "I remember like it was yesterday," he said, "sitting in the recording studio when Tommy [Lee, drummer] came up with the piano chords and I almost immediately started humming."
  • This was the last song the band ever played live. They performed it as the encore at their December 31, 2015 concert in Los Angeles, the city where they got their start. It was the last stop on their "Final Tour," which they made sure would be their last one by signing a legal agreement before the tour began stating that they would never tour again.
  • In 2009 Carrie Underwood recorded a countrified version for the farewell song on the 2009 season of American Idol. Her version charted higher than the original, reaching #21 in the US.
  • This featured in a television advert from Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. The realty franchise brand's senior vice president of marketing, Sean Blankenship, said that the visuals in the commercial, "convey how each of us from all walks of life experience that feeling of coming home."

    He added: "I say it's time we all take a moment and reflect on what 'Home' truly means. A place of celebration. A monument of great memories. A moment of tribute to those who help protect our home every day! That is home sweet home."
  • The track featured in a 2014 ad for Sprint's "Framily" plan, which showed a little girl named Heidi singing a rendition of the song in French.
  • Justin Moore covered this song for the Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe album. He had also thought about recording "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" for his contribution, but the Eli Young Band ultimately ended up doing that tune.
  • The video for Justin Moore's version covers an entire day of the country star's life on the road. "We were actually able to take the day and split it up into about six setups to make it feel as though Justin was on the road," the director Sane Drake explained. "From on his tour bus to in a green room to a different venue to a recording studio to a sound check stage. And in all of this, we get this idea that the song 'Home Sweet Home' is a song that holds dear to him as a family guy and as a man who is on the road a lot. He can resonate with the lyrics and understand what is happening."

    The clip finishes with Moore deciding to perform his own version of the track at a club, with Vince Neil eventually joining Moore onstage. Moore admitted that the reservations he had concerning how his version would go over with the Mötley Crüe band members were quickly laid to rest. "It has been a blast becoming friends with the Motley guys and learning how much they appreciate the history of country music," he said "They are truly one of the most disruptive bands of their generation and I am honored to be able to cover one of my favorite Crue songs of all time, 'Home Sweet Home'. It has been pretty unreal singing with Vince Neil."
  • As concern over coronavirus escalated across the world in March 2020, many were forced to isolate themselves to try to curb the spread of the disease. Mötley Crüe released an official 2020 lyric video for this song as a way to encourage its fans to stay at home.

    Said the band: "Crüeheads. We're ALL in this together, please follow the guidelines in your area. A short time of social distancing will mean we sort this out ASAP. Stay safe out there and make sure to wash your hands and most importantly, stay Home Sweet Home."

    The updated clip also includes footage of the L.A. metallers 2019 biopic, The Dirt.

Comments: 21

  • Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaHeard this on an episode of Californication -- so angst-appropriate in the scene!
  • Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaBest! Rock! Ballad! Ever!
  • Diablo from Chicago, Il@Sis, Columbus, IN

    My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night.

    Try again or at least post her name so I can facebook her
  • Ciara from Ses, Beninevery bad boy has a soft side tommy rocks and nikki
  • Bree from Atlanta, Gathis ia a totally awesome song i love motley crue
  • Jennifer Harris from Grand Blanc, Mithis is my favorite Motley crue song.I love the video,too.
  • Mike from Chicago, IlOh My Sweet Lord..someone did a REALLY BAD country version of this song and they are using it on American Idol. What the hell is this world coming to?
  • Sis from Columbus, InReunion Arena...It was Tommy's birthday and we all got mooned...the concert rocked! The "titty shot" girl slept with my friend's boyfriend in highschool and apparently was spreading a gift that kept on giving back then.
  • Jason from State Of Fitz, Njgreat song, every band tried to top it for about six years and never came close.Long live the Crue
  • Jeanette from Elkridge, MdThis song is nothing short of a classic. Definetly the best ballad to come from a heavy metal/ hair band. I love the piano part; especially since it's not that hard to play. It will never go out of style!!
  • Paul from California, SdTHE landmark power ballad. The Crue were so influencial. I mean they took what van halen sarted and catapulted it into the stratosphere. They also started glam in the U.S.Plus, they started, arguably, the sub-genre known as sleaze metal.They don make-up for one album, the next year, Poison and Cinderella get signed. They release Girls, Girls, Girls, within the next six months, G-N-R gets an album deal and cuts thier infamous debut. I'm telling ya, I would have a hard time believing that ther was a more influential bande in the 80's, and even to this day, t0o a certian extent. Oh, yeah, although not their best, absolutely top 10, in their catalouge.
  • Jacqueline from Detroit, MiLimp Bizkit did a cover of this song, combined with the Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony".
  • Logan from Troy, MtIn the remake version of Home Sweet Home featuring Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, the words and most of the song is remade almost different words to be a dedication to the Hurricane Katrina victims.

    Examples:
    Original - "I had to run away high, so I wouldn't come home low."

    New - "I had to run away and hide, 'Cause I couldn't come home."

    Original - "Just as things went right, doesn't mean they were always wrong."

    New - " Just as things went right, suddenly it all went wrong."

  • Snake from Custer , SdI just seen The Crue the other night in Rapid City SD, when they peformed this song, it was in awesome, Vince had us sing the first two verses then he fininshed it and thanked us for our good job.
  • Mleissa from Wasaga Beach, Canadathis is an awesome song. i looove motley crue lol espcially mick mars. hes the coolest
  • Tammy from Nashville, TnThis video was filmed at the Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas. I was there with my headbanging buddy, 4th row in front of Mick Mars - and yes, we all saw the girl with the gold, butterfly sequined shirt when she decided to "titty shot" the camera! Great concert - fun to see the video now and know we were part of that :)
  • Madeline from Melbourne, Australiaone of Crue's best
  • Aj from Cleveland, GaCrue's best song.
  • Jordan from Allegan, MiI think this is a great song to listen to. It has really good lyrics to it. It is very up tempo. I think it should have toped the charts.
  • Randell from Mounds, Okthe red, white, & Crue tour kicked ass. this song is really good live. Tommy Lee had the keyboard set up at the back of his drum set.
  • Randi from Erlanger, Kytommy lee's piano part during the song was supposed to be played on a grand piano. when they got to the recording studio there was nothing but a flimsy keyboard. when the band re-released the song in '91 tommy had the chance to record with a grand piano as planned.
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