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5. Home (4:46) (Lorrie Newman Keating (BMI)); Written 1978/©2010 Lorrie Marie Newman Keating)

This is probably one of my favorite originals. Written when I was 20 years old, brand new to the Army, stationed in California for school. Until I joined the military, I had never traveled more than a few hours from home by car. Taking that big step brought many firsts - first airplane ride, first time that far from home among them. And as so many of my songs seem to have, there was a guy involved here, too…a sweet sailor named Karl Stahl. Wishing I knew where he was after all this time…just to thank him for the song!

Lyrics

From long ago, a dream, since I was but a child
To walk along a lonely beach and watch the sea run wild
But on that beach was someone else, and we walked hand-in-hand
I never saw just who it was
But I knew that it would be a very special kind of man

3000 miles away, my family waits at home
When I was young, I truly thought that I would never roam
But now I’ve grown and fate has brought me here to California’s shore
Deep inside I fight a loneliness
Oh, Lord, I long to be safe at home once more

Why do I keep thinking “Home”?
Life is so much more than that
To go and learn and travel everywhere
And find someone and someplace
To stop…and love ….and stay…together

Although the years have passed, and dreams have come and gone
That solitary dream remains and helps me carry on
But it’s no longer just a dream ---- It’s now reality
For I have walked along that lonely beach
And you’re that special man who has walked there with me

Why do I keep thinking “Home”?
Life is so much more than that
To go and learn and travel everywhere
And find someone and someplace
To stop…and love ….and stay…together