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Lyrics: John Popper
Music: John Popper

What if I could tell the world I see you
What if I could make them understand
And if I could show those fools they need you
It wouldn't change the fact that you need them

And if you find yourself in great transition
And you think perhaps you've lost your way
On the edge and fragile your position
Then there's only one thing I can say

Welcome home
Yeah, cause its your home

If a tree falls and nobody's listening
If a party's thrown and no one shows
And you dream about what you are missing
When the wind in February blows

Welcome home
Cause its your home

If you hide amongst the darkness
Let me offer you a light
And if you stay, by the light of day
Fearful when the sun goes down
Come out with me tonight

What if I could make the world beseech you
What if I could make you understand
That from the highest branch no one could reach you
But should the bough break you can take my hand

Looking for the signs that April's coming
Can hurt worse than any ache you feel
Forcing words into that tune you're humming
Which did I make up and which were real

I know that really letting go
In spite of falling to and fro
It's not no simple thing
Not an ordinary stunt to try
But I can see it's on your mind
And whatever you will find
Whatever hope will bring
I can see it in your eye
Will bring release
Perhaps a modicum of peace
Perchance to dream
Perchance to bust out at the seam
And the mere chance
Sustains as bravely I advance
But it don't matter what I do
Without some one to bring it to

Welcome home
Come home
Make it home
Go home
Leave home
And find a home
Build a home
And feel at home
Cause it's your home

1999 John Popper

First release: Zygote
Released: 09/09/1999
Earliest time played: 11/08/1996
Last time played: 03/02/2011
Playing frequency:
  23 plays (see all shows)
  1.24% of shows in the database
  2.00% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  This song was originally played by Blues Traveler as "Welcome Home". Despite debuting at the same time as the rest of the songs on Straight On Till Morning, it was never considered for release on that album, and ended up on Zygote instead.

Other recordings of "Home":
  Monitor This!, 1999
  21 Down, 94 to Go..., 1999


If a tree falls and nobody's listening
A paraphrasing of a classic philosophical question posed by Immanuel Kant: "If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?"
bough break
A reference to the children's lullaby:
Rock-a-bye baby on the tree top
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all
The origin of this supposedly lies in the early American settlers' fascination with the Native American practice of hanging children's birch-bark cradles from the branches of trees.
Perchance to dream
See the same line in "Sadly A Fiction".