Monday, May 3, 2010

"This Time Tomorrow," I will be "Homeward Bound"

This time tomorrow I will be at home in Nashville, Tennessee after 7 months of living abroad. I have been so busy I haven't had time to be sad, which is good. I am currently in a hotel near Charles de Gaulle airport, the night before the flight. I had an amazing last week with my students and colleagues in Sarrebourg and a great weekend in Strasbourg with my German friends.

I am nervous and scared about reverse-culture shock among many things, but mainly I am excited to go back to America and go home and see my family and friends and dogs.

 I look forward to a giant, fresh ICED tea, YMCA workouts, the store hours, the food...basically all the things I listed in my other blog post (below).
So I will leave you with some great songs about home or going home or being away from home.

1) "Homeward Bound" by Simon and Garfunkel
I'm sittin' in the railway station
Got a ticket for my destination
On a tour of one night stands
My suitcase and guitar in hand
And every stop is neatly planned
For a poet and a one man band

Homeward bound
I wish I was
Homeward bound
Home, where my thought's escaping
Home, where my music's playing
Home, where my love lies waiting
Silently for me
2) "This Time Tomorrow" by The Kinks
This time tomorrow where will we be
On a spaceship somewhere sailing across an empty sea
This time tomorrow what will we know
Well we still be here watching an in-flight movie show
3) "This Must Be the Place" (Naive Melody) by The Talking Heads
Home - is where I want to be
But I guess I'm already there
I come home - she lifted up her wings
Guess that this must be the place
I can't tell one from another
Did I find you, or you find me?
There was a time Before we were born
If someone asks, this is where I'll be . . . where I'll be
4) "Home" by Edwards Sharpe and The Magnetic Fields
Home, Let me come Home
Home is Whenever Im with you
Home, yes I am Home
Home is wherever Im with you
5) "Nashville" by David Mead
On a childhood highway through a night alone
I was barely breathing, I was crawling home
Well it's not quite London or the south of France
Or an Asian island or a second chance

Going back to Nashville, thinking about the whole thing
Guess you gotta run sometimes
Maybe I'm a fast train rolling down the mountain
Watching all my life go by
6) "Salina" by The Avett Brothers
Salina, I'm as nowhere as I can be
Could you add some somewhere to me
Ahh Kansas, I'm kneeling, Ah Kansas, please

Cleveland I ain't never felt nothing so strong
Been believin' the words to my song
Ohio I'm leaving, Ohio I'm Gone

From town to town and State to State,
There's people everywhere that try to capture us.
We Stole the cash and left our names
And almost slipped in Indianapolis.
The Rain it fell, The Story went on
The Rain it fell, and we got gone.

Poughkeepsie hang up the telephone
I won't answer your phone calls no more
New York, quit calling, New York let me be

I'm changing the plans I've been setting on
I'm scared by the way that my life's getting gone
Carolina, one day I'll, Someday I'll come home.

Home, home
7)  "This Old House" by Loretta Lynn and Jack White

If this old house could talk

What a story it would tell

We built this home together

And with love we drove each nail

Take me in your arms and hold me

'Cause we've been apart too long

Why if this old house could talk

All it would say is welcome home
Can you think of any songs you love about home?
P.S. Once I get home, I will finish my blogs about London, Oxford and my last week in France. The teaching part will especially funny.


  1. I'm dying laughing right now bc your "Missing Home" List is to a T everything I have been missing!!! Sauf Target tout les choses sont la pareile! I might have to steal your idea for my blog too!

    Have a blast in the South, the first thing I did was have Southern BBQ and a Large Sweet Tea filled to the brim with ice!!!! Mmmmm....
    My trip was 7 months after arriving too, you'll be just fine je te promets!

  2. i always have a mixed feelings too when i'm about to fly home (that is indonesia for me). The reverse culture shock will definitely hit me, just because there are sooo many people in my hometown compared to here in Nebraska. i don't even dare to drive there. But, that's where my home is so it's always been missed. Anyway, have a save flight home and enjoy your iced tea when you get back :).

  3. some cracking images here, love the usa map with the pins in. you wouldn't want to mess with the guy on the bike either

  4. I also spent quite a few months traveling abroad and, although I found it tough to readjust, I realized that part of me changed over there- corny, I know, but it did. My guess is that the same will happen to you. You'll be a little different and that new part of you will be a beautiful thing that you gained from all of the places you saw. Good luck. And sorry for the super intense post here- this topic just hit home a bit for me... no pun intended. :)

  5. JEALOUS! I want to live in France :) Thank you for stopping by my blog. I absolutely love your pictures


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