July 10.2014 – Story Behind The Song “Home” by Blake Shelton

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Blake Shelton Home

Michael Bublé wrote this song for his then-fiancée, Debbie Timuss, describing the pain of being away from her.

Bublé wrote this with Alan Chang and with Amy Foster-Gillies, who is the daughter famous producer/songwriter David Foster (who wrote “Glory Of Love” and “You’ll See”).

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.”

This was used in the 2005 movie The Wedding Date.

Three years later, July 19.2008, Blake Shelton reached the top position on the Country chart with his cover of Bublé’s hit. This meant that “Home” became the first song to occupy the top slot of the Adult Contemporary and Country charts in versions by different artists since 1992, when “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston led the AC list, after Dolly Parton reached #1 on the country chart with her own composition in 1974 and 1982.

The last song to top the Hot Country Songs survey after reaching #1 on another chart in a version by a different artist was “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” a # 1 on the Hot 100 for Aerosmith in September 1998 and a #1 on the country list for Mark Chesnutt in February 1999.

Blake Shelton’s version was his first country chart-topper since 2004’s “Some Beach.”

Bublé and Blake Shelton teamed up in 2012 to record a holiday version of this song for the Shelton’s, Cheers, It’s Christmas album. The collaboration happened after Shelton sent Bublé an email saying he hoped to record a yuletide-themed rendering of the tune. “I had the idea of doing a Christmas version of ‘Home,'” Shelton told CBS Local. “Because the song would kind of lend itself to the holidays anyway. That’s when you really miss home. I felt really stupid asking that question because he is Michael Bublé.”

Shelton and Bublé have performed the tune together on a few occasions over the years including during Shelton’s Home for the Holidays special.

LYRICS: Written by Michael Bublé, Alan Chang and with Amy Foster-Gillies
Another summer day has come and gone away
In Paris and Rome
But I want to go home
May be surrounded by a million people I,
Still feel all alone
I want to go home
Oh, I miss you, you know
And I’ve been keeping all the letters that I
wrote to you
Each one a line or two
I’m fine baby, how are you
I would send ’em but I know that it’s just not enough
My words were cold and flat and you deserve more than that
Another airplane, another sunny place
I’m lucky I know, but I wanna go home
I’ve got to home
Let me go home
I’m just to far from where you are, I want to come home
And I feel just like I’m living someone else’s life
It’s like I just stepped outside when everything was going right
And I know just why you could not come along with me
This was not your dream
But you always believed in me
Another winter day has come and gone away
In even Paris and Rome
And I wanna go home,
Let me go home
And I’m surrounded by a million people I,
Still feel alone and I want to go home
Oh, I miss you, you know
Let me go home
I’ve had my run,
Baby I’m done
I’m coming back home
Let me go home
It’ll all be alright,
I’ll be home tonight
I’m coming back home

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2 thoughts on “July 10.2014 – Story Behind The Song “Home” by Blake Shelton

  1. sherrie

    I so totally get it. My husband took a one year overseas assignment in London a few years ago and I couldn’t go because we lost one of our dogs to cancer and I needed to be here for my other. We lived this song. I don’t even know if I’d ever heard it before, maybe, but on the downhill stretch I heard it and just burst into tears it was so beautiful and so poignant. To this day I never tire of hearing it and remembering how wonderful it was for both of us to see europe but how lonely it was when I was here.

  2. Kevin

    Just a note for anyone confused by the reuse of song titles: Jim Reeves had a #2 U.S. country hit in 1959 with a song called “Home”, written by Roger Miller.

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