I know good music when I hear it. Though some of what I consider “good music” is debated by some, few could honestly argue that “Home”, by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, is not good music. It’s damn good music:
It’s a love song, but I sense a greater symbolism within it. If we examine the lyrics, it speaks of:
Traditional America: “Alabama and Arkansas.”
Love of the traditional family: “Ma and pa.”
American tradition: “Pumpkin pie and chocolate cake”
American religion: “Jesus Christ”
It speaks of the dangers white people face: :Through the jungle, through the dark.”
It refers to history and natural beauty: “Moats and boats and waterfalls.”
It appeals to redneck culture and is even sung with a Southern drawl.
I do love my ma and pa
Moats and boats and waterfalls
Lay awake ’till break of dawn
I wonder how many fans see a deeper meaning in this. We are all working toward the “break of dawn” because we value our traditions – our “ma and pa”. We will do whatever it takes to get there – moats and boats and waterfalls.