On My Way Back Home

(Warning: lyrics contain a cuss word.)

Today’s song, by the American indie rock group, Band of Horses, is on my biggest iTunes playlist, Bday Party playlist. I set it up many years ago to play during parties, and it’s my go-to when I want a somewhat random set of music on shuffle at home or in the car. It currently has 165 tracks (12 hours, 15 minutes… that’s a LONG party!), and I add to and take away from it from time to time.

“On My Way Back Home” is the only song by this band that I have in my collection, and I have a vague belief that it may have been one of those free iTunes downloads that Starbucks would give out every week, up until about ten years ago. I faithfully sought them out every week, and recall that some stores even kept cards for past weeks’ tunes. I learned about quite a few musicians through these freebies, and while I didn’t (yet) in this case, I bought iTunes albums of others. 

It often happens that the song will play in the car on the way back home from something. Maybe that’s coincidence or something caused by an algorithm that considers my rating, number of plays, etc. Or maybe the universe is just messing with me. Either way, it’s a beautiful song, and lead singer Ben Bridwell’s voice reminds me slightly of the Beach Boys’ vocal sound. The instrumentation is soft but deep and captivating.

I think the song is about the writer reminiscing on life and regretting mistakes but embracing life and appreciating the thing that is “home.”

“On my way back home
A (or is it, “by”) chance I thought of,
All my (favourite) songs
and where I’d gone wrong

The only words that I could think of
I’m pissing my life away in the form of song
On my way back home”

(from “On My Way Back Home,” by Ben Bridwell)

The ending vocal is a sustained note that reminds me of a train whistle off in the distance… as if the songwriter were on that train, bound for home.

I didn’t know anything about the band until today when reading their Wikipedia article; I’ve never really sought out anything about them. I just enjoy this song; maybe that’s all there really is to say.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy. 

Here’s the audio from Band of Horses’ official YouTube channel:

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