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Xavier Rudd — Home
Album: Dark Shades Of Blue
Avg rating:
7.3

Your rating:
Total ratings: 1893









Released: 2008
Length: 5:46
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Streets full of people
With trinkets to share
Offering them up for folks in despair
Yandi and crystals and oils for growth
Of spirit and body and mind as we go

Emphasis placed on the body and mind
The heart os often somewhere behind
Strange

Tiny little bones of the innocent child
Lookin up at me with the saddest of eyes
Is her innocence in tact?
Or has it been stained?
Has the creature that feeds her taken it away
Strange
So sad it's strange

I recognize my health
Things i have been dealt
Places that i have roamed
Feelings i've had
Things that i know

Home, my home
Home, my home
Home, i'm home

Running through the bush
And all of the trees
Moving in time with my capable speed
Skippy ants claw
At the edge of the bowl
Of the shell of an egg
Of bird long since gone
Maybe it rose up
To spread it's new wings
Or maybe it nourished
A stronger sibling
Strange

Places we roam
And people we meet
Some connections are strong
And some of them are weak
1 or 2 or 3 or 4
Or maybe 5 or 6 or more
Strong as the roots
Of a big old gum tree
And we'll carry them through
To the next life we see
Strange
So beautifully strange

Recognize my health
Things that i have been dealt
Places that i have roamed
Feelings i've had
Things that i know

Home, my home
Home, my home
Home, i'm home
Comments (243)add comment
Wow, that was an amazing song.  
 mhamann123 wrote:
Such a powerful song, which I've rated high so it comes up on my PSD more often. As an Australian, the sounds of the native birds is also brilliant. Are they on RP or outside?
 
7+1 based on the strength of the birds....Long Live RP!!
Such a powerful song, which I've rated high so it comes up on my PSD more often. As an Australian, the sounds of the native birds is also brilliant. Are they on RP or outside?
 Spiderwoman wrote:
"Has the creature that feeds her taken it away" omg I had to see what year this was released. I thought he was talking about the children being ripped apart from their parents at the border.
 
      

        You're thinking 2009. 2009 - 2016, Spiderwoman.
"Has the creature that feeds her taken it away" omg I had to see what year this was released. I thought he was talking about the children being ripped apart from their parents at the border.
 scrubbrush wrote:

Maybe it's the jaded times we live in but I don't see this verse as being about good parenting
Tiny little bones of the innocent child
Lookin up at me with the saddest of eyes
Is her innocence in tact?
Or has it been stained?
Has the creature that feeds her taken it away?
Strange

 
I agree with this.  I take something completely different away from this song.  To me, Xavier is describing a third-world market where the tiny girl is being sold away for marriage or worse.  I take, "maybe it nourished a stronger sibling", to mean she was sold so the family could raise the boy.  I know it's a stretch, but this is the most sense I can make out of the narrative.  It makes me incredibly sad every time I hear it.
 Decoy wrote:

bump to top (again), enjoy every sandwich folks

 
Maybe it's the jaded times we live in but I don't see this verse as being about good parenting
Tiny little bones of the innocent child
Lookin up at me with the saddest of eyes
Is her innocence in tact?
Or has it been stained?
Has the creature that feeds her taken it away?
Strange
 adu wrote:
When I listen to this song I picture in my mind  a father, perhaps middle aged, someone who experience a lot of struggle. Someone who was very caught up in the world, fighting, ambition. A man with a lot of attachment to the outcome, and in that, suffered failure, and witnessed a great deal of pain. But he finds himself, despite himself, at home, stunned by the beauty of all the little things he had always taken for granted. Just absolutely inspiring. I hope I come home some day.

"Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? The life that you are seeking you will not find. When the heavenly gods created human beings, they kept everlasting for themselves and gave us death. So, Gilgamesh, accept your fate, each day, wash your head, bathe your body, and wear clothes that are sparkling fresh. Fill your stomach with tasty food. Play, sing, dance, and be happy both night and day. Delight in the pleasures that your wife brings you, and cherish the little child who holds your hand. Make every day of your life a feast of rejoicing! This is the task that the gods have set before all human beings. This is the life you should seek, for this is the best life a mortal can hope to achieve." 
 
bump to top (again), enjoy every sandwich folks
 {#High-five}
May all of us feel such contentment, fulfillment and appreciation for the place we call 'home'. {#Hearteyes}
Filled with gratitude for all the adventurous traveling on this loving earth. 

 


 {#Cheesygrin} good idea sfyi2001 wrote:


                           First time I've heard this.
                          So good that I'm not going to read the comments.


                              

 


Its my favourite song of his !


                           First time I've heard this.
                          So good that I'm not going to read the comments.


                              
May all of us feel such contentment, fulfillment and appreciation for the place we call 'home'. {#Hearteyes}
Filled with gratitude for all the adventurous traveling on this loving earth. 
Love
Love will tear us apart
Again...
at first a 7... after letting it simmer once an 8 reminds me of peter gabriel and a touch of david gray
Sublime. The live show is a real experience....live music is better bumper stickers should be issued.
When i 1st heerd this,  I thought it was Paul Simons
 VV wrote:
Personally I think he's singing about the "home" button on an iPhone.

 
Not.  iphone = a soulless piece of plastic tech

Xavier Rudd = true soul.  
( you need to see him perform, just go if you get a chance) 
Personally I think he's singing about the "home" button on an iPhone.
Among the best songs ever!
beautiful.
That's some nice lyrics.
 
 Decoy wrote:
adu wrote:
When I listen to this song I picture in my mind  a father, perhaps middle aged, someone who experience a lot of struggle. Someone who was very caught up in the world, fighting, ambition. A man with a lot of attachment to the outcome, and in that, suffered failure, and witnessed a great deal of pain. But he finds himself, despite himself, at home, stunned by the beauty of all the little things he had always taken for granted. Just absolutely inspiring. I hope I come home some day.

"Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? The life that you are seeking you will not find. When the heavenly gods created human beings, they kept everlasting for themselves and gave us death. So, Gilgamesh, accept your fate, each day, wash your head, bathe your body, and wear clothes that are sparkling fresh. Fill your stomach with tasty food. Play, sing, dance, and be happy both night and day. Delight in the pleasures that your wife brings you, and cherish the little child who holds your hand. Make every day of your life a feast of rejoicing! This is the task that the gods have set before all human beings. This is the life you should seek, for this is the best life a mortal can hope to achieve." 

  

I keep returning this as the years pass. This is the not the first time that I have bumped it to the top, and every time I hear it I stop and think about this comment. There aren't to many songs that are this powerful, it moved my perspective so much that it has become ingrained in my very being.

 
A powerful comment indeed.
Unwritten law proves murphy's law of love.
 dwlangham wrote:
Makes my PSD finger itch.

 
You should get some Hydrocortisone ointment for that itch. Don't want it to spread {#Cheesygrin}
Makes my PSD finger itch.
ppopp wrote:
I think my mother-in-law would enjoy this. She likes Phil Collins, Yanni and Kenny G.

 
Cool.  I like Phil Collins too!
 ppopp wrote:
I think my mother-in-law would enjoy this. She likes Phil Collins, Yanni and Kenny G.

 
{#Cheesygrin}

Ohhhhhhhhhh, my love, my darling...


I think my mother-in-law would enjoy this. She likes Phil Collins, Yanni and Kenny G.
adu wrote:
When I listen to this song I picture in my mind  a father, perhaps middle aged, someone who experience a lot of struggle. Someone who was very caught up in the world, fighting, ambition. A man with a lot of attachment to the outcome, and in that, suffered failure, and witnessed a great deal of pain. But he finds himself, despite himself, at home, stunned by the beauty of all the little things he had always taken for granted. Just absolutely inspiring. I hope I come home some day.

"Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? The life that you are seeking you will not find. When the heavenly gods created human beings, they kept everlasting for themselves and gave us death. So, Gilgamesh, accept your fate, each day, wash your head, bathe your body, and wear clothes that are sparkling fresh. Fill your stomach with tasty food. Play, sing, dance, and be happy both night and day. Delight in the pleasures that your wife brings you, and cherish the little child who holds your hand. Make every day of your life a feast of rejoicing! This is the task that the gods have set before all human beings. This is the life you should seek, for this is the best life a mortal can hope to achieve." 

  

I keep returning this as the years pass. This is the not the first time that I have bumped it to the top, and every time I hear it I stop and think about this comment. There aren't to many songs that are this powerful, it moved my perspective so much that it has become ingrained in my very being.
Does this remind anyone else that it is time for bed? Any one? Oh, they're already asleep. Yeah me too. I'm just about to drop 
a kljdfnamv,nmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnncncncccccccc 
 TerryS wrote:
Poacher wrote:
Ooooh! I am going to see him play in Brighton tomorrow. 

I thought I would buy tickets because Mrs Poacher likes a didgeridoo (if you know what I mean). I am going with an open mind and hope to come back impressed. Nothing like seeing artists without knowing them well and letting magic happen. . . or not. 

  Hey Poach, you never did update us on what you thought about the concert?

Personally,I have a quart of Boundary Bay IPA to hand and think he sounds nice, very nice.

 
It was a fine gig. Xavier has a huge talent and was able to fill the whole gig almost on his own (but he did have a bit of help with a mate on a couple of tracks). It kept us interested for the 90 mins and his playing drums, a selection of didgs, guitars, percussion and singing (mostly seemingly all at the same time!) was more then impressive. 

He seems like a wholly nice bloke too.

That is a thumbs up from the Brighton Poacher Massive.  
Good song, nice singer, wonderful instrumental.
I find this to be a rather pleasant song to listen to. Perfect for background music while working and needing to focus (as in non-intrusive music...).
 vanmas wrote:
Please go home!

 
Because home is best?
Please go home!
 ziakut wrote:
Voice sounds too much like Dave Matthews for me to like it.

 
Was thinking David Gray myself. Not a bad song but doesn't merit repeated plays
U GUYS Know.....Nice!
 Poacher wrote:
Ooooh! I am going to see him play in Brighton tomorrow. 

I thought I would buy tickets because Mrs Poacher likes a didgeridoo (if you know what I mean). I am going with an open mind and hope to come back impressed. Nothing like seeing artists without knowing them well and letting magic happen. . . or not. 

 
Hey Poach, you never did update us on what you thought about the concert?

Personally,I have a quart of Boundary Bay IPA to hand and think he sounds nice, very nice.


Very lovely.
Cringy.
I quite like this one and all other Xavier Rudd's stuff Bill has here {#Cheesygrin}
Please stop this... too much airplay.
PSD again.
Oops, you just played this!
BILL, WE JUST HAD THIS!
 janac13 wrote:
There is something in the Australian psyche that drives a lot of us to always feel as if we don't belong here.. And at the same time the smell of eucalyptus or the image if dry grass and endless dust make us feel so at home as if we have always belonged here.....

 
Yes. So much yes. You've summed it up beautifully.
 
I like the chorus. The lyrics of the verses are a little new-age-y for my taste
Radio Paradise, the new smooth cruise internet radio station.
Sappy, simple, repetitive melody. Please refrain from repeating this song - ever.
 johnjconn wrote:
SOFTWARE ERROR ALERT

You just played this song 40 minutes ago.
But that's ok , I like this song

Hope to hear it again,,,, in 40 minutes

 
Will we hear Fleet Foxes next?
Deja vu, but I like it more the 2nd time anyway.
First time I've heard a song twice in one afternoon.
Just heard this 40 minutes ago Bill
 vandarbar wrote:

Funny, if it had been Dave Matthews voice - i would have liked it far more!!!!  ah ... the vagaries of human taste!    {#Cheers}!

 
So true. Glad you can express your thoughts without it being an attack. Thanks to vandarbar.
 ziakut wrote:
Voice sounds too much like Dave Matthews for me to like it.

 
Funny, if it had been Dave Matthews voice - i would have liked it far more!!!!  ah ... the vagaries of human taste!    {#Cheers}!
 scrubbrush wrote:
decent chorus but the lyrics are weird new-age-y and little bit disturbing

 
new topic for dissertation: critters in comtemporary music.
decent chorus but the lyrics are weird new-age-y and little bit disturbing
Swear it sounded like the group James with lead vocalist Tim Booth crooning another beautiful melody. Nice tune.
really bad song and disturbing sound ! 
There is something in the Australian psyche that drives a lot of us to always feel as if we don't belong here.. And at the same time the smell of eucalyptus or the image if dry grass and endless dust make us feel so at home as if we have always belonged here.....

BTW I love this song 
Home.  What a good idea.
Voice sounds too much like Dave Matthews for me to like it.
I've always been a fan of Xavier Rudd, his diverse nature in his songs...When this just came on, I had to turn it down and thought "WHAT new Birds do I have now?" and just about went to look outside...especially when I hear Chick a Dee's, they are everywhere here and such curious and intimate little birds..
Fantastic song, natural and easy...his voice is like straight soft gusts of feathers in my ears...
-SJ 
 Proclivities wrote:

Should there be anything "strange" about his observations?

{#Whisper} "cites"

 
It's painful that in the world as it stands, there is a strangeness to the observations in his lyrics. The idea that we make such an effort to steal the innocence and trust from our fellow travelers on this journey in the name of protecting them is horribly normal. In many lives there is no place where the places described in this song just doesn't exist, and not from a pagan perspective which Rudd's lyrics often evoke for me, but in general. We find we can no longer be vulnerable with anyone. That's what's normal, and should be strange.

Ok, apologies for the rant. I should probably go hug a tree or something. {#Wink}

Thank you Proclivities... 
 Grammarcop wrote:
Can't help but think about my daughter right now. She's half a world away, building toilets for people who are less fortunate. I love her so. 

 
The "hi daddy" in the background gets ya too eh?  I'm right with you.  Both of mine are out and around the world and I do miss them, but when I hear that childs voice in the background it takes me back to the days when they were both little.
 Sasha2001 wrote:
I like this song well enough, but is there anything actually "strange" about the observations he sites?
 
Should there be anything "strange" about his observations?

{#Whisper} "cites"
Nice. Innocuous. But it just doesn't do it for me. I'll be generous and give it a 4.
Boooring
Nice voice
Can't help but think about my daughter right now. She's half a world away, building toilets for people who are less fortunate. I love her so. 
It's a sweet song, and I'm a little ashamed to say that what really bothers me about it is all the squeaky guitar strings. They get a little like chalk on a blackboard to me.
Ooooh! I am going to see him play in Brighton tomorrow. 

I thought I would buy tickets because Mrs Poacher likes a didgeridoo (if you know what I mean). I am going with an open mind and hope to come back impressed. Nothing like seeing artists without knowing them well and letting magic happen. . . or not. 
Going to see him at the Belly Up in San Diego in Aug.  Can't wait!  Thanks for introducing him to me RP!
Another one of my many CD purchases thanks to RP{#Bounce}
I bet I have heard this a hundred times and just now I really HEARD it. I wonder what else I am missing!
Went from 4 to 3 the more I listened. Ponderous.

 gresua wrote:
Insanely thing! 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
One of the best comments I have seen on RP.  Short and to the point.   ah, music
I love this song....
Think I have just fallen of the edge...beautifull
Insanely thing! 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This song makes me think how much happier I would be if I were a cricket.
thats 3 on the spin, all diverse, but great to listen to, I have work to do you know
MC
Not a great song, but fabulous segue from Andrew Bird!!!
I think I hear this every time I turn on RP
I like this song well enough, but is there anything actually "strange" about the observations he sites?
Loving this one! Thanks RP!
 kingart wrote:
Lovely. Hard to see why some people don't respond favorably to this thoughtful slice of life. 
 
Agree. it is Lovely.
 R7-12 wrote:

There are a few that come to mind...
  • Even in the Quietest Moments - Supertramp
  • Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict - Pink Floyd - Ummagumma
  • Good Morning, Good Morning - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)  - The Beatles
  • Across the Universe - Let it Be - The Beatles
  • Free As A Bird - The Beatles Anthology
Also:
  • Wind on the Water - Graham Nash/David Crosby
  • Porpoise Song (Theme from Head) - The Monkees
  • My Bird Performs - XTC
  • Grass - XTC 
  • Jungle Love - Steve Miller 
  • Loving You - Minnie Ripperton 


 
Surprised to see someone mention the Porpoise Song. Some lesser know Monkees. Someone knows their music!
...oh, you forgot "Blackbird" on the list of bird sounds. 
 buddy wrote:
Had to look to see if this was Paul Simon.
 
Do you have working ears?
EARS!!!
Duhhh  (kids)


Lovely. Hard to see why some people don't respond favorably to this thoughtful slice of life. 
Godlike! Definitely!
 soulcollision wrote:
I hope the new one, Spirit Bird, gets as much play as this one.

There are no words to describe that song.
 

Spirit Bird = excellent

I hope the new one, Spirit Bird, gets as much play as this one.

There are no words to describe that song.
{#Daisy}
 ...today for me too..danoodles wrote:
Every time I hear this, I stop what I'm doing and listen.
 


Every time I hear this, I stop what I'm doing and listen.
Though I like the last few tunes very much...I'm falling into the Zzzzz mode and I need energy. This isn't helping. Help. Btw, the voice sounds a bit too much like Dave Matthews for me to appreciate the vocals. Music nice.

It builds nice. 

Starts out and im looking for the ice pick.

Then it takes off.

Nice sound.
I wish I could enter this one in the Beautiful Song Olympics and watch it win the Gold for Australia.
Like the Mumfords without the banjo, only better.
 bump to the top, it would serve us well if we all stopped and thought a little bit more of our position in life. (again)

adu wrote:
When I listen to this song I picture in my mind  a father, perhaps middle aged, someone who experience a lot of struggle. Someone who was very caught up in the world, fighting, ambition. A man with a lot of attachment to the outcome, and in that, suffered failure, and witnessed a great deal of pain. But he finds himself, despite himself, at home, stunned by the beauty of all the little things he had always taken for granted. Just absolutely inspiring. I hope I come home some day.

"Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? The life that you are seeking you will not find. When the heavenly gods created human beings, they kept everlasting for themselves and gave us death. So, Gilgamesh, accept your fate, each day, wash your head, bathe your body, and wear clothes that are sparkling fresh. Fill your stomach with tasty food. Play, sing, dance, and be happy both night and day. Delight in the pleasures that your wife brings you, and cherish the little child who holds your hand. Make every day of your life a feast of rejoicing! This is the task that the gods have set before all human beings. This is the life you should seek, for this is the best life a mortal can hope to achieve." 

 


Great
Nice
Humm. I think his voice does have a paulish simonish colour to it. Nice tune it reminds me of something else, I can't put my finger on exactly what.. 

luca77 wrote:

Have to agree with wrangler here. I don't hear much similarity either... the song has grown on me...6->7 ... the bird sounds remind me of back home in Oz...
 


 wrangler wrote:
odd, considering it sounds nothing like him

 buddy wrote:
Had to look to see if this was Paul Simon.
 
 
Have to agree with wrangler here. I don't hear much similarity either... the song has grown on me...6->7 ... the bird sounds remind me of back home in Oz...
 Byronape wrote:

With an average rating of 7.5, I think people disagree with you.  I'm one of them.  Strange.
 
I think it's the "Hi Daddy" part that made me cringe — two times!
 gvan wrote:
This song sucks but still it gets played a lot. Strange.
 
With an average rating of 7.5, I think people disagree with you.  I'm one of them.  Strange.
He's particularly strong on stage:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xavier_Rudd
 lexica wrote:
Sorry, but the phrase "is her innocence intact or has it been stained" just creeps me out.
 
I don't think it should.  The child's innocence is chipped away by so many interactions over time that to wonder that sometimes as a parent is natural. 

odd, considering it sounds nothing like him

 buddy wrote:
Had to look to see if this was Paul Simon.
 


 buddy wrote:
Had to look to see if this was Paul Simon.
  
me too!
And at his higher range, I hear David Grey.
Beautiful song

Had to look to see if this was Paul Simon.
How is the rest of this album?
Sorry, but the phrase "is her innocence intact or has it been stained" just creeps me out.
 run4more wrote:
Xavier Rudd - Home

Ok, I'm a sucker for songs that include birds, insects and small furry animals—witness:

  • Leon Russell - My Cricket
  • Leon Russell - Out In The Woods
  • Pink Floyd - Grantchester Meadows
Anyone have some 'adds' for this list (to fulfill my completist tendencies)?
 
There are a few that come to mind...
  • Even in the Quietest Moments - Supertramp
  • Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict - Pink Floyd - Ummagumma
  • Good Morning, Good Morning - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)  - The Beatles
  • Across the Universe - Let it Be - The Beatles
  • Free As A Bird - The Beatles Anthology
Also:
  • Wind on the Water - Graham Nash/David Crosby
  • Porpoise Song (Theme from Head) - The Monkees
  • My Bird Performs - XTC
  • Grass - XTC 
  • Jungle Love - Steve Miller 
  • Loving You - Minnie Ripperton 


 Decoy wrote:

bump to the top, it would serve us well if we all stopped and thought a little bit more of our position in life.
 

I have known two people this week who died suddenly, too young and too full of life.  I literally JUST had this conversation with someone, about living life now, not tomorrow.  5 minutes later this song came on. 
 run4more wrote:
Xavier Rudd - Home

Ok, I'm a sucker for songs that include birds, insects and small furry animals—witness:

  • Leon Russell - My Cricket
  • Leon Russell - Out In The Woods
  • Pink Floyd - Grantchester Meadows
Anyone have some 'adds' for this list (to fulfill my completist tendencies)?
 
There's a couple of Paul McCartney songs that do that.

What a great way to start my day!