Song Lyric Sunday — The Long Way Home

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Jim Adams gave us “harmonica,” and we are asked to find a song with a harmonica in it. My first thoughts went to artists such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, the Beatles, and a whole host of other rock artists who featured harmonicas in the songs. But I decided to take the path less traveled and go with a song by Supertramp.

“Take the Long Way Home” was the fourth single and sixth track of British progressive rock and pop band Supertramp’s 1979 album Breakfast in America. It was written by Roger Hodgson and Richard Davies, co-founders of the group. Hodgson was the lead singer and Davies opened the song with a very recognizable harmonica solo. The single reached number 10 on the U.S. charts.

According to Songfacts, the song is about a guy who thinks he’s really cool (“So you think you’re a romeo, playing a part in a picture show”), but it seems not everyone, including his wife, thinks that. This implies that the singer avoids getting home because, when he’s on the road, he has a few more moments of being alone with his dreams, and in his dreams he’s a superstar.

Hodgson, who was a big rock star and who spent a lot of time on stage and touring, said of this song that it operates on two levels. “Talking about not wanting to go home to the wife, take the long way home to the wife, because she treats you like part of the furniture. But there’s a deeper level to the song, too. We all want to find our home, find that place in us where we feel at home. Home is in the heart and that is really, when we are in touch with our heart and we’re living our life from our heart, then we do feel like we found our home. It was another angle on the question that ran deep inside me, which is, ‘Where’s my home? Where’s peace?’ It felt like I was taking a long way to find it.”

Here are the lyrics to the song:

So you think you’re a Romeo
Playing a part in a picture-show
Take the long way home
Take the long way home

‘Cause you’re the joke of the neighborhood
Why should you care if you’re feeling good
Take the long way home
Take the long way home

But there are times that you feel you’re part of the scenery
All the greenery is comin’ down, boy
And then your wife seems to think you’re part of the furniture
Oh, it’s peculiar, she used to be so nice

When lonely days turn to lonely nights
You take a trip to the city lights
And take the long way home
Take the long way home

You never see what you want to see
Forever playing to the gallery
You take the long way home
Take the long way home

And when you’re up on the stage, it’s so unbelievable,
Oh unforgettable, how they adore you,
But then your wife seems to think you’re losing your sanity,
Oh, calamity, is there no way out, oh yeah
Ooh, take it, take it out
Take it, take it out
Oh yeah

Does it feel that your life’s become a catastrophe?
Oh, it has to be for you to grow, boy
When you look through the years and see what you could have been
Oh, what you might have been,
If you’d had more time

So, when the day comes to settle down,
Who’s to blame if you’re not around?
You took the long way home
You took the long way home
Took the long way home
You took the long way home
You took the long way home, so long
You took the long way home
You took the long way home, uh yeah
You took the long way home

Long way home
Long way home
Long way home
Long way home
Long way home
Long way home

18 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — The Long Way Home

  1. willowdot21 August 9, 2020 / 5:14 am

    Absolutely, a great song , great group and great memories of my life from 1979, great Supertramp days. I loved Roger Hodgson’s

    Liked by 1 person

  2. J-Dub August 9, 2020 / 6:40 am

    This was in my top five for today. So many good ones. Glad you picked this one.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. lifelessons August 9, 2020 / 7:11 am

    Have you heard Tom Waits song “Long Way Home?” One of my favorites. A different song…

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango August 9, 2020 / 10:30 pm

      I just listened to it. I’d never heard it before. It’s definitely a “different” song. 😉


  4. newepicauthor August 9, 2020 / 7:23 am

    I always liked this song, but I never knew anything about it. Thanks for sharing this gem today.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Lisa Coleman August 9, 2020 / 8:35 am

    Super choice for SLS this week. I grew up to Supertramp in the late 70’s & 80’s…my formidable years as a teenager. Always loved the beginning of this song because of the harmonica. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  6. aisasami August 9, 2020 / 10:13 am

    Everyone this week is picking songs from my childhood for this theme. (Well, I wasn’t alive in 1979 when this song was released but my parents played a lot of rock from the 60s, 70s, and 80s). I’m not complaining though because I love “Take the Long Way Home”. Such a great song.


  7. msjadeli August 9, 2020 / 11:33 am

    OMG forgot all about this one. The harp features prominently in this song and sounds so good. Great choice, Fandango.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. leigha66 August 12, 2020 / 12:49 am

    If I remember right, my sister had that album on 8-track. Great album!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. ghostmmnc August 13, 2020 / 1:00 pm

    Such a great song, in the music and the meanings we get from the lyrics. I hear it on the radio a lot, but never knew much about it. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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