Long Way From Home

Album: The House That Dirt Built (2009)
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  • The Heavy are a funk-rock band from England who spend a lot of time on the road, which inspired this song. In our 2010 interview with lead singer Kelvin Swaby, he said the song was about "Being on the road and missing the things that we truly, truly love. Like your children. And marmite."
  • Swaby wrote this song with The Heavy's guitarist Dan Taylor. Said Swaby: "We had the chorus for 'Long Way From Home' about eight years ago. Dan had that loop and chorus going. And immediately the first thing I heard as soon as he played that is, 'Long way from home, so much pressure on my bones, I'm such a long way from home.' And we had that for eight years, but we never had any verses. Then we actually got signed, and we were away for so long. Daniel has a little girl, and I have a little boy and a little girl, so when you're spending so much time away from your family, you see a lot of airports. And I think I was in Valencia airport, it just came to me after something like six years of having it around in my head. For some reason, there was that ache in my heart, and everything just kind of came. So I sang it into my phone so I wouldn't forget. And then I said to Dan, 'This is the way that we need to go about this song.' And we wrote it. We wanted it so that it could be strummed. So if we were around a campfire we could strum it out like that. But then we said, 'No, it's still Kinks-y. So let's do it Kinks-y.' So we sit tight, the kind of acoustic guitar vibe, and just made it quite kind of Kinks-like. Ray Davies."


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