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Song Released: 1983

Home by the Sea Lyrics

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    Mar 17th, 2011 3:05pm report

    A burglar breaks into a house. The ghosts of people who have come before him appear, and force him to sit down, sit down, sit dow-ow-ow-own. They tell him their stories. He will never leave, and will eventually become one of them.


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    Aug 26th, 2018 8:27am report

    Always thought it was about a retirement home. In thier minds theyre escaping but really just trapped. Pieces dont fit anymore due to dementia. Brilliant song.


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    Sep 20th, 2017 9:04pm report

    This is why music is awesome it could be about anything we interpreted from our own experience. It can be about anything. I can relate it to addiction.


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    Aug 29th, 2017 8:46am report

    An abandoned psychiatric hospital where the souls of the victims of lobotomies and electric shocks and the other horrors of that field linger on stuck to the place by the shock of betrayal.
    The Hospital is long abandoned but the spirits of those victims linger on stuck in the place, hungry for life that they knew before the torture and painful deaths.
    The burglar breaks in looking for loot, and becomes lost in the weight of the need of the souls still imprisoned to feel and know the life of a new member to distract them from the hopelessness of their timeless nightmare.


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    Sep 11th, 2014 9:34pm report

    I have always thought of this song as an Armageddon type song.
    Scripture I believe in Joel 6 in the Bible it references about intruders shimmying down the wall. Message seems to be horroring of being on guard and ready. It seems like a prophecy and look at the way the world has become since the 80's.
    Love this song!


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    Aug 8th, 2013 8:02am report

    I've heard that it was about the denizens of a retirement (make that a nursing) home. It makes sense when you consider the lyrics. These are old people with nothing left to live for. They want to "relive" their lives "in what we tell you."

    Have you ever gone into a nursing home and felt how desperate these people are to cling to anyone that smacks of life, youth, and vitality? How desperately they want to be heard, to be noticed again? How desperate they are to have a captive audience-even if it is a total stranger! And to have someone else to live vicariously through. Or, as the song implies, to have a chance to re-live their own lives through the telling.

    There is also a lot of mockery in the phrase "Welcome to the home by the sea." It reminds me of the way the staff in such a place will put on a phony, smiling front and pretend to your relatives that this is just going to be the greatest place in the world to live. A dream retirement "down by the sea." But in reality, it's a lonely and hellish nightmare, and the people are looking for any thing that gives them a sense of momentary escapism-mostly through reliving their pasts


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    Feb 5th, 2013 2:48am report

    What came to mind was that it described the penitentiary of Alcatraz, the home by the sea.


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    Oct 30th, 2012 10:26pm report

    Burglar? Dickens? Come on, folks. Don't be so literal. Ancestors, habits, sins of the father... Sins of the son. It's about life.


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    Jul 9th, 2011 7:41am report

    Funny, I never got the bugler, I always thought of the Dickens lessons on the X-mas past. The main character is trying to sleep and the shadows become alive and attempt to make him aware the consensuses or debts of our present may haunt us much longer than we think...

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