Playlist: You Can Go Home Again

We spend a lot of time out there in the world, learning lessons, making money, saving cats from trees, dodging fast objects, meeting people, and getting our shoes dirty with dirt from all over. And yeah, it’s rewarding as anything. But sometimes — at the end of the day or week or fiscal year, or because it’s Thanksgiving, or your sister’s having a crisis, or you forgot your lunch in the fridge — it’s time to punch out and come home. Music knows this. Here’s a bunch of songs to soundtrack your journey, whether it’s by plane, train, or daydream.


You Can Go Home Again


Yellow Brick Road – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Homeward Bound – Simon & Garfunkel
English House – Fleet Foxes
You Had Time – Ani DiFranco
Home – Glasser
Astronaut – Beach House
Moonlight Mile – The Rolling Stones
Come On Home – Indigo Girls
Bring It On Home – Led Zeppelin
Tennessee Homesick Blues – Dolly Parton
Isis – The White Stripes
Hear My Train A Comin’ – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
I Follow Rivers – Lykke Li
Home – She & Him
Welcome Home – Radical Face
I’m Coming Home Again – Kanye West
Head Home – Midlake
Via Chicago – Wilco
Hometown Glory – Adele
This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody) – Talking Heads
Run Home Slow – The Kills
I’m Going Home – Sacred Harp Singers
Make Your Way Home – Abigail Lapell
From St. Kilda to Fitzroy – Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra
Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show

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Cara is a former contributing editor for Autostraddle and a current staff writer at Atlas Obscura. She lives in Somerville with her girlfriend, their roommate, and a cat who can flush the toilet, and is generally thinking about gender, sustainable biodiversity, and/or rock & roll music. You can follow her on twitter @cjgiaimo if you want.

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  1. I now have the urge to listen to the Homeward Bound theme song.
    Also, Almost Home by Mary Chapin Carpenter.
    But seriously, this playlist is getting me through one last paper and then tomorrow, hello bus home!

  2. Solid list, I would add:
    The House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
    First Train Home -Imogen Heap
    California – Joni Mitchell
    New York – Cat Power

  3. i was thinking last night that ti’s just about time to make a “going home” playlist, in the middle of a bon-iver induced bout of homesickness

    i’d def have to include West Coast- Coconut Records

  4. Request:

    Would it be possible to create an AS Spotify profile? Where all these awesome playlists can be compiled on one page, & maybe those of us who are Spotify addicts can take these tunes on the go?

    Thanks for the playlist!

  5. How could you forget Home by Michael Buble?! TEARS listening to this while I was studying abroad in Spain

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