When Home Leaves You

Both of my parents are gone now. Just before my dad passed away in 2012, my brother and I had to go through the long, painful process of clearing out the family home and preparing it for sale.

It’s not easy to watch what had been our “home base” for nearly half a century turn into an empty shell of its former self, and then pass into the hands of new owners – knowing I would never be able to set foot inside again.

This is a song about leaving that part of me behind.

 

When Home Leaves You                                                    (2012)

I left home at eighteen, but I didn’t stray too far
Wasn’t quite ready to find myself, I was still just a child
Tried again at nineteen, took the path that many do –
Defending our country’s freedom, but I was still just a boy

The changes going on inside, they run deep and they run slow
What turns the boy into the man, we’ll never really know
One day you’re chasing lightning bugs on a sultry summer night
The next you’re chasing dreams as they fade slowly out of sight

 

I took some time at twenty-three to fall back and regroup
I’d found a world much bigger and much harder than I knew
Left home again at twenty-eight, this time it was for good
I’d come too far to turn back now, even if I could (’cause the…)

Changes going on inside, they run deep and they run slow
What turns the boy into the man, we’ll never really know
One day you’re riding skateboards, teasing girls, and being cool
The next you’re racing down a road that’s ending way too soon

 

You don’t grow up when you leave home (but..)
when there’s no home left to go back to, when the
house that held a father, three kids, and a wife
is just an empty shell, full of ghosts of past life

You don’t grow up when you leave home
You only start to get a clue when home … leaves you

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