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 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).
1) "Homeward Bound" by Simon and Garfunkel
I'm sittin' in the railway station2) "This Time Tomorrow" by The Kinks
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
I wish I was
Home, where my thought's escaping
Home, where my music's playing
Home, where my love lies waiting
Silently for me
3) "This Must Be the Place" (Naive Melody) by The Talking HeadsThis time tomorrow where will we beOn 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
Home - is where I want to be4) "Home" by Edwards Sharpe and The Magnetic Fields
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
Home, Let me come Home5) "Nashville" by David Mead
Home is Whenever Im with you
Home, yes I am Home
Home is wherever Im with you
On a childhood highway through a night alone6) "Salina" by The Avett Brothers
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
Salina, I'm as nowhere as I can be7) "This Old House" by Loretta Lynn and Jack White
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.
If this old house could talkCan you think of any songs you love about home?
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
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.