Homeward Bound

Album: Sounds Of Silence (1966)
Charted: 9 5
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  • I'm sitting in the railway station.
    Got a ticket to my destination.
    On a tour of one-night stands my suitcase and guitar in hand.
    And every stop is neatly planned for a poet and a one-man band.
    Homeward bound,
    I wish I was,
    Homeward bound,
    Home where my thought's escaping,
    Home where my music's playing,
    Home where my love lies waiting
    Silently for me.

    Every day's an endless stream
    Of cigarettes and magazines.
    And each town looks the same to me, the movies and the factories
    And every stranger's face I see reminds me that I long to be,
    Homeward bound,
    I wish I was,
    Homeward bound,
    Home where my thought's escaping,
    Home where my music's playing,
    Home where my love lies waiting
    Silently for me.

    Tonight I'll sing my songs again,
    I'll play the game and pretend.
    But all my words come back to me in shades of mediocrity
    Like emptiness in harmony I need someone to comfort me.
    Homeward bound,
    I wish I was,
    Homeward bound,
    Home where my thought's escaping,
    Home where my music's playing,
    Home where my love lies waiting
    Silently for me.
    Silently for me.

Comments: 20

  • Rick B from Newark, DeHomeward Bound was first released by Chad and Jeremy in 1965.
  • Jennifur SunMike from El Paso very true. Lost both of mine and two older brothers.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 6th 1966, "Homeward Bound" by Simon and Garfunkel entered Billboard’s Hot Top 100 chart at position #84; and six weeks later on March 20th, 1966 it peaked at #5 {for 2 weeks} and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100...
    The week it entered the Top 100 the duo's debut record, "The Sounds of Silence", was still on the chart at position #25; it had peaked at #1 {for 2 non-consecutive* weeks} on December 26th, 1965...
    * The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" was at #1 between its two weeks at #1.
  • Eddy Jacobsen from LondonHi there folks...
    I am puzzled about the discrepancy of the name of that railway station. I saw a plate on the wall of a rail station in Runcorn where it said Paul Simon wrote his song Homeward Bound.
  • Ted from Phoenix, Az"Homeward Bound," was the second charting single by Simon & Garfunkel in the U.S. and "I Am a Rock," was the third. However, "I Am a Rock," was on the Sounds of Silence album (see my previous comment) while "Homeward Bound," would not show up on an album until Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme was released in the summer of 1966.
  • Ted from Phoenix, AzActually The Sounds of Silence was released as an album in early 1966 after the success of the title track. And, like the title track, the album consisted (mostly) of recordings first issued on the Wednesday Morning 3 AM album that had electric guitars overdubbed onto them.
  • Josh from Westborough, Masound of silence wasn't even an album
  • Mike from El Paso, Tx, TxThis song will always be special to me. It was popular in February of 1966, when I was driving back and forth from Austin where I was in my second year of law school, to Houston, where my mother was dying of cancer. I always heard it on the radio at least twice going and twice returning. It expressed my wistful mood, thinking about the home that would never be there for me again. You always get over loss of parents, but not completely. Mike Milligan, El Paso
  • Jay from Jackson, MiGreat song as are many from this duo but your header info is incorrect. This song is from their Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme album NOT Sounds of Silence!
  • Janet from Cleveland, OhWhen we saw Chad and Jeremy a couple of weeks ago (in Kent, OH, USA) Jeremy told a story about meeting this really talented American songwriter who hung around while they were recording what turned out to be their last album. He gave them a song for the album, but they chose a different song of their own as a single. Jeremy said "When you hear this song, you'll know who the songwriter was. Just remember we had it first (even if we didn't release it)." They then broke into "Homeward Bound".
  • Bill from Liverpool, EnglandRight the story told is that Paul Simon wrote this song on the platform of the British Rail Station in Widnes (N.W. England). The station has placed a number of placques to that effect on the station (they keep getting stolen).

    Like most songs, it was written over a period of weeks, but part of that time was at the home of the Folk Club organiser who had booked Paul Simon for his club (He later presented a Folk Programme on Radio Merseyside. I believe his name was Geoff Speed)locally and who had offered Paul a spare room in which to sleep overnight. This is a common occurence when the booking fee would not cover the overnight stay in a hotel.
  • Andrew from Birmingham, United StatesI can relate to this song whenever I'm homesick. About the same I can relate to the Beach Boys' "Sloop John B". Seems that at least two groups needed to sing about being homesick. Heck, that's life. Things will cause us to feel "out of place" and wish we were back home. In fact, we really are "out of place" for as long as we are on this earth. If you are in God's divine family, You should be glad that earth isn't our home.
  • Miles from Vancouver, CanadaProbably my favorite song by S&G...ok, The Only Living Boy in New York is a contender.
  • Ed from L´don, EnglandHi folk,

    Lets get this right; during the course of my bicycle trip from Glasgow to Brighton, Sussex, I accidentally came across a sing on the Runcorn train station, and there was the sign saying that Paul Simon wrote his song: Homeward Bound, and it was verified by a taxi driver that I spoke to later.
    www.eddy.nu
  • AnonymousPaul of Salford, got it wrong man. And right. Paul Simon did live in Brentwood and played a few gigs there. No one's saying PS didn't write the song at Widnes.
    Chill man!
  • Ken from Louisville, KyPaul Simon sang this on "Saturday Night Live" in 1976 with George Harrison. They alternated singing the verses but sang harmony on the chorus. In the same set, the performed "Here Comes The Sun" the same way.
  • Sara Mackenzie from Middle Of Nowhere, Flsimon also didn't write this after he was running after a train because he was late.
  • Howard from St. Louis Park, MnI remember a cover version by Petula Clark.
  • Eric from Teaneck, NjSimon and Garfunkel (and then Simon alone) used to open all their concerts with "Homeward Bound" -- except for the ones in their hometown of New York. Those always opened with "Mrs. Robinson."
  • Paul from Salford, EnglandPaul has got it wrong - Paul Simon wrote this on Widnes railway station.
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