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Lyrics: Tones Of Home


Recorded at: London Bridge Studio, Seattle (Feb - June 1992)
Released as a single on March 9, 1992
Highest Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart Position: #10
Highest Billboard Modern Rock Chart Position: #20

What do you think they would say
If I stood up and I walked away
Nobody here really understands
me, and so I'll wave goodbye, I'm fine
Tones of home
Said you don't like the way I'm living
Tones of home
And so I wave goodbye
I'm flyin, I'm flyin home
And I always thought this would be
The land of milk and honey
Oh but I come to find out that its
All hate and money
And theres a canopy of greed holding me down
See I'm so high to you, so I'll fade away
I said you're on your own
Your mom and daddy said, that your
Sister said, and your brothers saying
Everybody, is saying everybody, is
Sayin I, eye, good I gotta go
All my friends patronize me and
They say yo hey boy have you found
What your looking for
It seems they don't really know me
C
ause it's here, and it's what they can't see


from the “Tones Of Home” video

“… I was only 18, fresh out of high school, and had never been to the city. ‘Tones of Home’ is somewhat autobiographical. Brad wrote the last verse, I wrote the middle verse, and Shannon wrote the first verse. So the song is sort of about our collective view of leaving our repressed, conservative environments and becoming more aware. My verse was about how I viewed Los Angeles when I first got there. I was so disillusioned…”
Rogers Stevens (RIP, March, 1994)

“…The song was about leaving home and adapting. It’s the kind of stuff we all have to deal with. When we came to LA, for example, it was very much like a carnival atmosphere…”
Shannon Hoon (Goldmine - April 1, 1994)

 

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